“For me a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life- the light and the air which vary continually. For me it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.” -Claude Monet
Those of us who love impressionism, know Monet’s series of paintings to best represent his quest for and devotion to capturing a moment in itself. His fascination with light and colour gave us not only some of the greatest artwork but more so an unparalleled depiction of the passing of time, where no one moment is the same as the next.
Nature holds not only the secrets but also the answers. The world around us is in a constant state of motion and when we separate ourself from this universal flow, we open ourself to isolation, loneliness and depression. Only through being connected to life moving imperceptibly around us, can we find our own rhythm, our place and our power.
Through Monet’s work comes the realisation that the series of moments in each day offer us endless possibilities for growth, renewal, vitality and joy. We can choose to continually reinvent ourself and do things differently, moving ever forward towards happiness.
Let us then not leave it just at our appreciation of a masterpiece. Let us step back, as the artist may have, soften our gaze and enter the moment. Let us see what he was really trying to capture or perhaps that which had captured him.
“The motif is insignificant for me; what I want to represent is what lies between the motif and me.”