Claude Monet

Claude Monet Quote about Color : Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

C“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Born 1840 – Died 1026

  • French Impressionist Painter

  • A firm believer in the en plain air school of painters.
  • Inspired by works from Turner and Constable.
  • Most famous paintings those of Waterlilies made late in his life. (See photo Below)

Waterlilies, Green Reflection, Left Part by Claude Monet (1916)

Quote: 

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”


 I came across this quote of Monet in Pinterest. I am not a fan of Claude Monet but this quote hit straight home with me.

 Color is the essence of painting for me.

I believe that it is crucial in all forms of art as it is a motivator.I enjoy looking at colors and they fill my heart and soul. Luscious rows of colors make me ecstatic whether it is in the form of paint, cloth, nature.

Of all the elements that make up an art piece, color is the first one that reaches our conscience and either attracts or repels us.Therefore it is the most important factor an artist should consider when thinking of the “reaction” he wants his work to bring out in people.

Do you believe that color is of such importance and does it torment you or  give you joy?

Please leave your comments. This blog is about dialogue not a monologue so I expect you to voice your opinions and a conversation to follow.

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15 comments on “Claude Monet

  1. cosindas says:

    Color is only one aspect of art. Being a B&W Photographer and Darkroom Specialist I believe that the most important thing is composition.

  2. Colour is important but that can be black and white or colourful. I worked with a partially sighted lady and she loved black and white paintings, which always surprised me!

    • fionazakka says:

      annabel,
      You are so right! I’ve never thought of it this way.
      Black and White are colors too!!!
      My Hubby a B&W photographer will love youtr point of view.
      Thank you for posting a comment so brilliant!

  3. YellowCable says:

    Well said. Of course B&W has its place as well.

  4. kzackuslheureux says:

    Thanks for stopping by my bloggy, blog. I am a little different from you; I love Monet! However yes, I find colors say a lot about us. When I was a little girl, I used to try to envision a color that has yet to be discovered. :D

    • fionazakka says:

      What an amazing Idea! A new color…
      Ok, you may think that i am overreacting but… this is the precise reason i made this blog!
      It is hair raising to realize that people half way around the world can make you THINK!
      Thank you for your comment.
      It will give me a lot of great daydreaming of new colors. ;-)

  5. ninalinzi says:

    you know, it’s so funny, as I am just about to enthuse about the importance of colour in art and how attracted I am by colour (particularly textiles) and I have to laugh, because I am wearing all black, and I usually do and if you see my recent artwork, it is black pen. Ha! Yet another one of my contradictions. :)

    • fionazakka says:

      I Know!
      Same here. My mom says, I am an old lady where my clothes selections are concerned.
      Although i can tell you i went through a phase when i wore blindingly bright colors and no black…
      ;-)))
      Now I am back to grey and navy blue… totally original hah?
      Anyway, I think that we wear dark, simple clothes because this way there is nothing to distract us from creating – and to be honest because its a no hustle tactic, easy to mix and match and nothing can go wrong… ;-)

  6. timruane24 says:

    Ha. I am a heretic. I don’t like Monet. Give me Durain any day. :)

  7. Have you ever seen a large Monet in person? I’m on the fence as far as fandom, but they do have a striking quality in terms of sheer size in person (We’ve had a few of the waterlilies at the Cleveland art Museum) Sidenote: my personal favorite is probably Degas an those lovely ballerinas!

  8. fionazakka says:

    Yes I have seen them – waterlilies- from close and I agree about the size. This actually raises two more great topics for discussion actually. one is whether size is used for intimidation purposes or for realism’s sake? The other, is size really used as a means to creation or as a means to raise the price of the painting? I would love to feature both of those topics and I will try to find appropriate quotes to each.
    thank you for taking the time to participate in the dialogue. :-)

  9. fionazakka says:

    As for Degas he was a great artist and i love both his sketches and his sculpture that i had the good fortune to see in a great exhibit here in Athens a couple of years ago!

  10. Well, I chose your color post to comment on, since you were so kind as to comment on the same subject on my blog. In years past, I was totally in love with straight out-of-the-tube colors and couldn’t get enough of them in my paintings, often juxtaposing complements for the sheer deiciousness of seeing them interact. I still love intense color. But in my own work, I discovered the quietness of a limited palette, as if responding to changing “seasons.” Now I’m in a stage of looking for odd and unexpected color combinations, especially through collage. We’re all unique, which is what makes art so exciting.

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