All plein air painters will wish to note:
- the white suit he is wearing - which has no marks from paint! Monet is always wearing a suit when photographed while working. We can only assume this is summer!
- the very large palette he is using
- the fact that the canvas is absolutely rock steady despite what is obviously a very blustery day.
|Claude Monet (on right) in his garden in Giverny |
with an unidentified visitor in 1922
The general consensus is that Monet was probably filmed in the early twentieth century. The colour of his beard suggests he's older than he was in the famous photograph of Monet by Nadar in 1899. He looks more like the figure photographed in the water garden in 1922 (see photo on right).
Monet was an inveterate painter of gardens and always painted the gardens of the houses he lived in (see Making A Mark - Gardens in Art by Claude Monet for previous posts I've written on this topic).
The garden at Giverny is an example of Monet creating his very own place to paint - with a separate flower garden and water garden.
I came across the film (which was uploaded to YouTube by nickwallacesmith) on the Painting Perceptions blog. This has a post with some useful observations about Monet's habits as a plein air painter.