My Favorite Painting

If I had to choose my favorite painting, I would choose the impressionist paintings, Water Lilies, by French painter Claude Monet. Claude Monet is one of my favorite artists so of course I’m going to love his work. His Water Lilies series contain over two hundred pieces. These paintings portray Monet’s flower gardens at his home in Giverny.

Water Lilies by Claude Monet (1903)
Water Lilies by Claude Monet (1906)

A few years ago I was given the opportunity to see one of Monet’s water lilies in person at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The water lilies I got to see were part of a three panel painting. Each panel was about six feet tall and thirteen feet wide so altogether the whole piece was six feet tall and around forty-two feet wide. I didn’t know it was such a large piece and was kind of taken back by the grandeur of it. The colors had me hooked. The blending of blues and greens matched up against the warmer colors of pink and magenta were stunning. Monet took a simple concept such as water lilies and created something so beautiful about them. I almost felt like I was there in his garden looking at these water lilies. In my opinion it was the most beautiful painting I had ever seen. I think I may have also cried a little bit too.

Water Lilies by Claude Monet displayed at the MoMA
Water Lilies by Claude Monet displayed at the MoMA

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