Zitate von Claude Monet
Geburtstag: 14. November 1840
Todesdatum: 5. Dezember 1926
Claude Monet [klod mɔnɛ] war ein bedeutender französischer Maler, dessen mittlere Schaffensperiode der Stilrichtung des Impressionismus zugeordnet wird.
Das Frühwerk bis zur Mitte der 1860er Jahre umfasst realistische Bilder, von denen Monet einige im Pariser Salon ausstellen durfte. Ende der 1860er Jahre begann Claude Monet, impressionistische Bilder zu malen. Ein Beispiel seiner Bilder dieser Schaffensphase ist Impression, Sonnenaufgang, eine Hafenansicht von Le Havre, welche der gesamten Bewegung den Namen gab. So entfernte er sich vom durch die traditionellen Kunstakademien geprägten Zeitgeschmack, was seine finanzielle Situation verschlechterte.
In den 1870er Jahren beteiligte sich Monet an einigen der Impressionisten-Ausstellungen, an denen auch Künstler wie Pierre-Auguste Renoir oder Edgar Degas teilnahmen, und wurde vor allem vom Kunsthändler Paul Durand-Ruel gefördert.
Monets finanzielle Situation blieb bis in die 1890er Jahre angespannt. In dieser Zeit entwickelte Monet das Konzept der Serie, nach dem er ein Motiv in verschiedenen Lichtstimmungen malte. Daneben begann er in Giverny seinen berühmten Garten anzulegen, den er in der Folge auch als Motiv seiner Bilder nutzte.
Zitate Claude Monet
„.. aber das Schade ist, ich bin nicht hierher gekommen [nach Venedig], als ich jünger und mutiger war.“
„It seems to me, when I see nature, that I see it ready made, completely written — but then, try to do it!“
— Claude Monet
Context: It seems to me, when I see nature, that I see it ready made, completely written — but then, try to do it! All this proves that one must think of nothing but them [impressions]; it is by dint of observation and reflection that one makes discoveries. 2 quotes in Monet's letter to , July 15, 1864; as cited in Mary M. Gedo (2013) Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Art. p. 114-15 / p. 60
„It is decidedly frightfully difficult to make something complete in all respects, and I think that there are scarcely any but those who content themselves with the approximate.“
— Claude Monet
Context: My dear Frédéric Bazille, I ask myself what you can be doing in Paris during fine weather, for I suppose that it must also be very fine there. Here my dear fellow, it is is charming, and I discover every day always beautiful things. It is enough to become mad [fou], so much do I have the desire to do it all, my head is cracking. Damn it, here it is the sixteenth, put aside your cliques and your claques, and come spend a couple of weeks here, it would be the best thing that you could do, because in Paris it cannot be very easy to work. This very day, I still have a month to stay in; furthermore my sketches are becoming finished, I have even set to work additionally [remis] on some others. In sum, I am content enough with my stay here, even though my studies are very far from what I would wish. It is decidedly frightfully difficult to make something complete in all respects, and I think that there are scarcely any but those who content themselves with the approximate. Very well, my dear fellow, I want to struggle, scrape, start over again [recommencer], because one can do what one sees and understands, and it seems to me, when I see nature, that I am going to do it all, write it all out, but them go try to do it.... when one is on the job.. All this proves that one must only think about this. It is by force of observation and reflection that one finds. So let us grind away and grind away constantly. Are you making any progress? Yes, I am sure of it, but what I am sure of is that you do not work enough and not in the right way. It is not with carefree guys like your Villa and others that you will be able to work. It would be better all alone, and yet, all alone there are plenty of things that one cannot make out. In the end all of this is terrible, and it is a rough task. ... It is frightening what I see in my head.
„I am absolutely sickened with and demoralized by this life, I've been leading for so long. When you get to my age, there is nothing more to look forward to.“
— Claude Monet
Context: I am absolutely sickened with and demoralized by this life, I've been leading for so long. When you get to my age, there is nothing more to look forward to. Unhappy we are, unhappy we'll stay. Each day brings its tribulations and each day difficulties arise... So I'm giving up the struggle once and for all, abandoning all hope of success... I hear my friends are preparing another exhibition this year [the Impressionists, in Paris, 1880] but I'm ruling out the possibility of participating in it, as I just don't have anything worth showing. Quote in a letter to , September 1879; as cited in The Private Lives of the Impressionists Sue Roe; Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 2006, pp. 202-203; also partly cited in: Jane Kinsman, Michael Pantazzi, National Gallery of Australia. Degas: the uncontested master, National Gallery of Australia, 7 apr. 2009. p. 25