Monet and Me

I was introduced to the world and art of Claude Monet by my father when I was very young and when get even a hint of a water lily, I am transported to treasured hours spent with Dad turning pages of big hardback Monet art books ~ our heads, hands and hearts moving in unison.

I saw my first water lilies of the year this weekend ~ as colourful, fresh and delicious as anyone could wish for:


water lilies


Monet has been playing on my mind since and I’ve been perusing some of his quotes. Here are the ones that appeal to me most. I hope you like them:

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”

“The further I get, the more I regret how little I know…”

“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”

” It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them. “

And, naturally as a bridge lover,  one of my very favourite water lily paintings by Claude Monet is this one:


The Water Lily Pond with Japanese Bridge by Claude Monet, 1899






Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

21 thoughts on “Monet and Me”

  1. The waterlily is my favorite ..Our grandson has a pool with them in it..and a Wisteria Vine over an arbour to sit under..very tranquil…

  2. Lovely Jean, I recently bought a book of an exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden’, which of course includes lots of Monets. I like the quote on wanting to paint as a bird sings and I like the fact that he grew the waterlilies only for enjoyment at first, not because he wanted to paint them.

    1. The book sounds lovely, Andrea.
      Interestingly, I took the bird quote to mean that he would like to paint how a bird sings ~ the same way that I would like to be able to add the scent of flowers to photos!

  3. Lovely thoughts of yours dear Jean, much enjoyed and I too know so well the joys of looking at Monet’s paintings, much loved as of course are water lilies wherever they are encountered.

  4. I too must have flowers, always and always! Love Monet and will seek him out at the Tate in London, The National Gallery, Washington DC or whatever place I am in. I also adore regal waterlilies–such exotic and perfectly beautiful plants! Great post at so many levels!

  5. I love Monet’s paintings, Jean. I’ve never seen an original in the flesh, so to speak, but I have a print of a sun flower garden he painted. It must have been lovely to see his paintings in Washington.

        1. I know I shouldn’t complain too much but I have a bit of a thing about Ireland’s Ancient East being the ‘poor relation’ to the Wild Atlantic Way and being a bit misleading betimes, especially with such great coastline in counties like Waterford and indeed such antiquity in counties like Clare. It can seem very artificial. I think I’d prefer a county by county approach and even that would be difficult.

          1. I know it’s a bit gimmicky, Jean, there is so much history and land/seascape in each county. An individual county approach would be great if it could be done. The Wild Atlantic Way seems to have brought a lot of tourists and created much needed jobs – even if only seasonal – it remains to be seen how effective it is long term and whether Ireland’s Ancient East will be as successful. There needs to be something for the midlands now………………….

            1. I think the WAW will thrive but suspect the Ancient East idea may be dropped as it seems to be too vast in ways and too narrow in others. As you can see, I’m not really a fan of branding, even if that makes me seem like a dinosaur! And, as for festivals, well, they leave me cold. Here endeth the rant.
              Just back from lovely little outing along Copper Coast and a delightful dip in Bonmahon with makey-up picnic.
              Hope your day is going well.

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