Oscar-Claude Monet (1840-1926) is a famous French painter and one of the founders of the Impressionism movement. His birthday falls on November 14th, and he was born on the fifth floor of 45 rue Laffitte, in the ninth arrondissement of Paris. While he is most known for his breathtaking landscapes, Monet would experiment with his work, from drawing amusing caricatures of friends to capturing the elusive nuances of natural scenes in an array of dreamy colours, textures and lights.
To help celebrate this incredible artist’s life, we’ve selected four stunning products from John Beswick to help you bring the magic and beauty of Monet’s paintings to your homes.
Painted in 1899, Monet’s Japanese Footbridge is a wonderful deception of colour and light. Monet made more than 250 paintings of his garden and the Japanese footbridge over the lily pond is featured in quite a few of them.
This stunning glass-domed paperweight is the perfect addition to any office or study, and is as practical as it is beautiful! Use it as part of a collection, as a standalone piece of art or even as a gift for any lover of this glittering turquoise artwork.
Irises in Monet’s Garden, which was painted in 1900, was one of four paintings in this part of the garden with Irises being the first. This stunning piece depicts a view of the apple blossoms silhouetted against the blue sky, with a horizon placed a little below the middle of the canvas. To best capture the lively foliage of spring, Monet used a fresh and bright palette to capture the beauty of Mother Nature.
This breathtaking vase captures Monet’s vision perfectly and the unique shape means that it can be used as a piece of art or as a functioning vase. You could try filling it with fresh flowers of all hues, from lilacs and lavenders to whites and even oranges.
This beautiful and thought-provoking painting was completed in 1886 and features typical Monet brushwork: fragmented colour, lively strokes, and simple yet effective detail. Monet was said to be fascinated by the low viewpoint from which the model is shown; she stands on a riverbank against a background of pale blue sky. The young woman in both pictures is Suzanne Hoschedé, who was the daughter of Monet's second wife in 1889.
This elegant vase gives this gorgeous artwork a unique canvas using both shape and sculptural form to transform so you can enjoy this iconic piece of artwork as a functional, decorative piece filled with your favourite blooms or as a work of art on its own.
It is said that there is no work of art more distinctive or enchanting than the Water Lilies series, or Les Nymphéas. Over the last three decades of his life, Claude Monet devoted himself to water lilies. Water Lilies is not a name of a single painting, but rather a name of a series of works, with around 250 paintings in the collection.
This beautiful, cylindrical-shaped John Beswick vase looks wonderful as a standalone piece in any home, with others from the collection or filled with matching flowers in similar hues, such as lilies, roses and more. This vase also comes with a gift box and would make a wonderful present for any occasion.
Claude Monet’s life might have been extraordinary, and his artwork even more so. Whether you want to add colour to your living room, beauty to your offices or perhaps you need a perfect gift for a fan of his work, we have something for every taste and style at John Beswick.