Through the Willow

by Ariane ~ January 21, 2010

willow-lily.jpg Walking around Monet’s pond in summertime gives a strange feeling of deja vu.

This place especially, where the long branches of three big weeping willows reach the surface of the pond, offering views on to the blooming water lilies, looks familiar.

Claude Monet loved this spot that he painted over and over again, and that is even featured on the huge Grandes Decorations at l’Orangerie.

The vertical lines mixed with the floating water lilies and the reflections on the surface of the pond challenged his command of perspective.

5 Responses to “Through the Willow”

  1. karen Says:

    I really enjoyed your writing and photos

  2. Melanie Says:

    What a special place to be. I am working on a quilt inspired by my visit there many years ago. Thank you for your blog. I am looking at it for further inspiration for colours.

  3. Terese Says:

    Thanks for publishing this photo you have captured perfectly the nuance of what Monet created both in his real garden and in his art.

  4. Jeannette Says:

    Preparing for a “Masters” oilpainting class, I was searching for actual photographs (as opposed to reproduction prints). In my 20+ years of experience, dearest Ariane, your simple “Through the Willow” is the first to open a flood of tears from my eyes.

  5. Ariane Says:

    Thank you for sharing your emotion, Jeannette. It gives sense to my sharing, too.

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