At number nine it is the turn of website coordinator Dawn Farley to tell us about her favourite painting. So here we go with the next of our top ten paintings!
Having always loved the work of the impressionists, a trip several years ago to The Musee de L’Orangerie in Paris confirmed Claude Monet as my all time favourite artist, and the murals of his Nympheas in the oval rooms as my favourite paintings.
The sheer scale of the works is incredible, that he painted them whilst suffering with cataracts and the fact that close up the works appear as random daubs of colour and texture, but, when seen at a distance, are the most beautiful representations of a pond full of water lilies and weeping willows is amazing.
No reproduction can do justice to these works; the texture and thickness of the paint, the vibrancy of the colours and the immense size of each panel (200x425cm) means they have to be seen to be truly appreciated. I have however located a video clip on Youtube which I have uploaded to the video page here at painters-online, which gives some sense of scale and beauty.