Oscar-Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a French Impressionist artist who lived around the turn of the 20th century. He is best known for his water lily paintings, as well as, for many other oil paintings including sunsets. In his paintings Monet loved to paint the same location during the different seasons of the year and various times of the day to experiment how light shown across the sky and other objects within his paintings. His sunset paintings are most noted for their bold use of reds, yellows, oranges, blues and purples that make up his complex and lively sky scenery. Obviously sceneries of sunsets and sunrises were perfect opportunities to introduce vibrant color balances to tried and tested locations giving them a new fresh look.
Some of his most famous sunset paintings include:
Grainstacks At Giverny, Sunset
In 1890 and 1891, Monet painted a group of pictures of the stacks of wheat (referred to as grainstacks or haystacks) in the fields near his home. This sunset painting is part of the Haystack series and one of the three grainstack paintings. The grainstacks represented the prosperity of the village near where he lived.
The Church At Varengeville Against The Sunset
The view in this painting is across a gorge to the cliff-top church at Varengeville. This sunset view of Varengeville is from a series of four painted by Monet. The light from behind the church dissolves its form and catches the foliage in the foreground.
Valley of the Creuse, Sunset
Monet spent all of the spring of 1889 in Fresselines, a village along the Creuse river, exploring this world through his artist’s eyes. Between March and May, he painted a series of nine canvases inspired by this landscape, which he described as “a place of terrific and savage beauty”.
This painting depicts the port of Le Havre at sunrise, the two small rowboats in the foreground and the red sun being the focal elements. Impression Sunrise is generally acknowledged as one of Monet’s most influential of his paintings.
Houses of Parliament, Sunset
One of the 19 known paintings by Monet in the Houses of Parliament series. This painting represents a pallet of purples, reds and yellows to create an inspiring skyline. A feature present in many sunset paintings painted by Claude Monet.
This work is the most reproduced of all Monet’s paintings. The reason for this is obvious when one observes the splash of color across the sky and reflected in the water below. It is highly artistic and features the beautiful city of Venice Italy.
Sunset on The Seine in Winter
This sunset painting is a stylish and charming one because of its colors and contrasts. It includes a nice blend from sea to sky with a red sun which captures your attention. The landscape is featured with neutral green colors and blue tones which makes the entire work hold together quite nicely.
Artist Claude Monet is considered one of the greatest oil painters of all time. His paintings are highly favored and sought after by art collectors world wide. Claude Monet sunset paintings can be viewed at art galleries around the world.
If you enjoyed these fine sunsets, you will want to check out more fine art paintings of this genre. See Paintings of Sunsets Collection by artist Teresa Bernard.
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UPDATED: 26 October 2020