"Monet sometimes worked up to sixty times on the same picture. ... myth of Monet's apparently mindless spontaneity...One of the reasons Monet's paintings resonate so strongly with viewers is that they don't tell us the whole story. They don't dictate exactly what we see, but allow scope of interpretation, for individuals to see different things. His paintings enable us to make up our own stories as we decide what we're looking at.
"Monet's painting was the product of a consciousness deeply committed to its own material and emotional resources and aware that viewers, to one degree or another, had resources as well."
From Monet and Modernism, page 137.
That his paintings look spontaneous, done in no time at all, doesn't mean they were created that way, though it's a fact many beginner artists don't want to hear nor believe. Deceptive simplicity, considered reduction of detail, multi-layered colors. Paintings do not get slapped out in an hour and be at the level of Monet's.
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