Water lilies painted by Claude Monet made in is one of a group of water-lily subjects. The beauty of his work tends to be more attractive, as compared to traditional landscape painting. Both kinds of paintings have a common theme of “nature” and having their work outdoor.
Traditional landscape compositions usually consist of perspective and the horizon from afar; the dramatic clouds above, and the land with people, housing, mountains, etc. The artwork is easily understood and appreciates, as within one’s eye-level who tends to see distant objects in panoramic aspects.
In Monet’s water lilies, he has a different approach to landscaping. In 1895 he began to paint waterscapes, a practice he continued until his death. After the completion of the, he enlarged the pond, using it for both the series of water lilies made between and for his later ‘decorations’, on which he devoted the closing years of his life.
His work on water lilies has abandoned any reference to the banks of the pond, concentrating instead on the water and plants. The surfaces of the painting and of the pool merge into one. The top of the composition bulges with lilies, while the water reads as both an illusion of depth and a reflection of nearby trees and distant sky.
The effect is to invert the composition, and in doing so Monet has overturned the traditional expectation of landscape painting, namely the inclusion of the horizon line and perspective. When forty-eight of these works were shown at Durand-Ruel in, guests enjoyed a favorable critical reception, with analogies being drawn between the paintings and music and poetry. Three qualities of color in painting artwork consist of hue, value, and intensity. In photography, lightness and saturation are used, whereas hue generally applies to both. Below, I have tried to use some illustrations and simple definitions to explain the three qualities.
Hue The aspect of color that distinguished it from another color. It is easily identified as a rich and pure pigment. Such as cadmium red color, ultramarine blue color, lemon yellow color, or emerald green color. Value The aspect of color that determined how much light or darkness. In other words, the amount of white present in the color. Red color with a lower value or too light will turn palish, instead of cadmium red.
Intensity The aspect of color that control the dominance of hue, describing how vivid or dull it is compared to its pure quality. Lesser saturation of blue will turn grayish, instead of ultramarine blue.
The meanings of color, for painting artwork, is often used to define the expressive mood of an artist’s thought. It applies to any form of painting work, be it for oil painting, watercolor, pastel color, wall decor, etc; using it to symbolize or as an influence on one’s emotion. A good understanding of color and its meaning will provide an advantage to artists who try to verbalize a message by visual language. Likewise, a viewer will also have a better understanding and appreciation of an artist’s work.
The cultural difference between the Western or Chinese paintings may, however, convey different meanings of color. One of the commonly used colors, such as red color, maybe use to express anger or warmth. On the contrary, the Chinese paintings have a different interpretation of their significance; the red color is used to express luck and prosperity. Below listed some of the basic colors describing the meanings.