French artist Claude Monet was very fond of writing a water-lily pond located in his own garden in Giverny. He wrote this pond at different times, in different angles and in any light. Sometimes he had to work in parallel on several images of his pond, as the sun moved, everything changed and the work started earlier had to be left for the next.
The picture is a small pond overgrown with water lilies, above which stands a graceful green bridge in the Japanese style. The pond is framed by lush vegetation – in the background grows a lot of trees occupied by purple wisteria whips, sedge sticks out on the sides with sharp arrows, weeping willows move with long branches-hair. And, of course, on the mirror surface of the pond grows a lot of water lilies. Monet painted the canvas with broad and coarse strokes that create the effect of movement – as if we are seeing a real landscape with a pond, where a light breeze sways the green and wrinkles a perfectly smooth water surface.
The artist did not mix paint on the palette, doing it directly on the canvas. To complete the transfer of colors of the landscape Monet used a large number of shades of green and blue, smoothly flowing into each other. Petals of lilies are not just white – you can see highlights of pink, blue and purple on them. Thanks to strokes of yellow tones, the canvas is literally illuminated from the inside by bright sunlight. The Japanese bridge does not look like an alien element on the background of all this bright and animated nature. The smooth surface of the pond is reflected on its bottom with blue-green highlights. Through the density and lushness of the trees in the upper right corner of the picture the sun’s rays penetrate,