The art of Oscar-Claude Monet is some of the best known of the nineteenth century. Though his work wasn’t always appreciated during his life, today his work is some of the best recognized and best loved in the world. Known for his many Waterlilies paintings, his light and color-centric landscapes, and peaceful garden scenes, Monet’s paintings are emblematic of the Impressionist movement, and share their peace and light with people all over the world to this day.
So if you love you some Monet, you are not alone. The only negative thing that could possibly be said about his work is that it’s the artistic equivalent of overplayed. Don’t Stop Believing might be a great song, but if you tell somebody it’s your favorite, you’re basically telling them you haven’t turned on your radio since 1981.
So you know you love that style, but you don’t know what’s new? I got you. Check out these contemporary artists if Monet is your 1872 jam.
If you love the sense of peace... Deniz Altug
Okay, so Deniz’s work is pretty different from Monet’s but hear me out here. Ma main Impressionist was known for the vibrancy of his colors, interpretation of light, and his expressive brushstrokes. In fact, the work he was doing in the 1800’s was so revolutionary at the time, that the Parish establishment didn’t even view it as real art. Deniz works with wide brushes and spatulas to create her abstract pieces by building up transparent layers. The effect is reminiscent of light through trees, water, or clouds, and exemplifies an expressive, beautiful stroke. While her work is much more abstract than Monet’s, the style and emotional resonance have a certain similar feel.
“My goal is to share a sense of uplifting energy, liveliness, and empowering inspiration with the viewers and make that feeling resonate with their own life experiences or aspirations.”
Hard to argue with any of that!
If you love his colors... Betty Krause
Now once again, I realize that Betty works in the abstract and Monet didn’t, but once again, I remind you that what Monet did do was completely on the artistic edge for his time. The way Krause combines blocks of almost flat color with blending is certainly reminiscent of many of Monet’s pieces, notably the garden pieces and waterlily paintings. I also think the master would appreciate the contrast between creamy pastels and vibrant reds in Betty's palette.
“I create abstract art to bring the beauty of the meadows, hills, and mountains inside our homes to enjoy. The landscape art I paint can be seen from the windows of our cars or during hikes through the forests. If you squint hard and make those shapes and images blur, you’ll be a step closer to what I see when I’m creating.” Sounds like she and Monet would have a lot to talk about!
If you love the references to nature... Magdalena Morey
Magdalena makes stunning mixed media abstract landscapes very much in the vein of Monet. Her creamy but nonetheless vibrant palette echoes the soft colors of the master, and the beautiful depictions of light and water would make anyone fall in love with this artist’s incredible work.
Magdalena says, “Gold leaf is an important part of many of my artworks; it developed from a desire to find ways of representing the impact of the sun on the Spanish scenery.” The artist’s love for the landscapes she paints is evident in the work, and have definitely left me ready to hop on a flight to Spain!
So, if you’re a Monet lover, check out the websites (just click the artist's name, I linked them!) of these fabulous ladies and see if anything catches your eye. Each has work available for sale in a variety of price points, and I have no doubt you’ll find something to love.
Elizabeth Shanahan is the artist owner behind Shanahan Fine Art, sharing the art making process and demystifying the art world. Shanahan lives in North Carolina with her husband and their two year old daughter, a quivering spotted cattle dog, and a chronically disgruntled orange cat.
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