Botticelli to Van Gogh

Learning Resource

An oil painting of a bridge over a pond covered in water lilies.

Claude Monet
The Water-Lily Pond

1899

Claude Monet. The Water-Lily Pond. 1899. © The National Gallery, London


Look at Monet’s painting of a Japanese bridge in the garden he built in France. Can you decide what Monet is primarily interested in? Is it the scene in front of him or light and colour?

Think about what sort of brushstrokes Monet used to create the image. What words would you use to describe those brushstrokes?

Create an abstract work, just enjoying laying down brush marks of colour. Will you use contrasting colours or ones that harmonise?

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