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.

Henry Moore

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Henry Moore 1898 – 1986

One of the most revered English Sculptors.

  • He lived and worked during the two Great Wars.
  • His works have certainly been influenced by his war experiences.
  • Most of his work is on a big scale.
  • He used materials (wood and stones) from his native country.
  • His subjects were mostly revolving around the human form.

Below is a quote of his that sounds so true:

QUOTE …”I think also he came to know that, in a work of art, the expression of the spirit of the person – the expression of the artist’s outlook on life – is what matters more than a finished or a beautiful or a perfect work.” “simplify;they can leave out…In some way their late works become simplified and fragmentary, become imperfect and unfinished.”

He is talking about simplicity and minimalism in the artworks produced by artists in their later days.

I’ve always found fascinating how Great Artists in their latter days “turn” to a more basic use of materials and a love for simple forms, almost touching abstraction. By leaving out more they always manage to give exactly what they strive for. And it is a constant question in my mind to understand if it’s a process of working through all arts’ pretenses and arriving at the essentials or if it’s just easier to work in more simple ways, when age becomes a factor in the daily art process.

*the photo is from

Henry Moore’s Sheep Piece
Hertfordshire, England 1983
Gelatin Silver
by John Loengard