Monday, November 14, 2016

Claude Monet - Filmed Painting Outdoors (1915)

Oscar-Claude Monet was born on this day in 1840.  It's said that he was the most consistent, of the Impressionists, to plein air paint. So for this Monday I chose this short film showing Monet painting in his garden.
This poses the question; if you could go back in time and ask Monet anything about plein air painting what would you ask? If you could take back one piece of equipment, paints, tools etc. to show him what you use to plein air paint what would you show him? For sure Monet would be impressed with all of the easels and portable equipment we have today, but it's nice to see a short video like this that demonstrates that we don't really need all of the fancy pochade boxes and stuff like that, you just need to want to get out and paint. Although I'll take every unnecessary pochade box out there because they sure make life so much easier. 


  1. I think I'd ask him how he looks at the subject, to see if he compares like areas or near/far objects or whatever it was he did.
    Wonder if our LED battery powered lights would impress him? He probably would have done more in the way of nocturnes with that available. Actually I can't think of any night images by him.

    1. Just by watching this video I was also thinking the same sort of question. He seemed to look several times before applying the paint. Like the "measure twice, cut once" type of thing.
      The LED lights!!!! Yes. Never thought of that. We missed the opportunity to paint by the light of the super moon.