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Since the dawn of time man has been inspired by the beauty of art The Macquarie Concise Dictionary describes art as the production or expression of what is beautiful appealing or of more than ordinary significance I interpret the word art to refer to the physical reproduction of the artists own perception of the world around them A masterpiece is defined as a consummate example of skill or excellence Therefore when in search of a masterpiece of the artistic category we must take into account the proficiency and dexterity displayed by the artist With these basic principles in mind it is my belief that one cannot surpass Monets series entitled Waterlilies and more specifically the painting Green Reflections I have adored the Waterlilies series for a number of years It was its originality that first appealed to me Green Reflections is my favourite due mainly to the use of the green colour to indicate darkness of the water The painting seems busy yet not overpoweringly so There is much for the eye while allowing room for personal interpretation Visually appealing Green Reflections is a classic example of Monets personal style being both scientific and painterly This particular painting has captivated many admirers with its pretty pastel colours prevalent in many of Monets works The yellows and pinks of the lilies are in strong contrast to the deep blues and jungle greens of the water Monet brought the study of the transient effects of natural light to its most refined expression through the Waterlilies series Therefore tone is an important aspect of the painting It is used with great success giving the appearance of shade on the right hand side The tone also gives the impression of water reflections The Waterlilies series was a number of paintings of the same lily pond The defining characteristic of Green Reflections is that it was the only one of the group painted at night Monets fascination with light
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