Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. To such an extent indeed that one day, finding myself at the deathbed of a woman who had been and still was very dear to me, I caught myself in the act of focusing on her temples and automatically analyzing the succession of appropriately graded colors which death was imposing on her motionless face.
As quoted in Claude Monet: Les Nymphéas (1926) by Georges Clemenceau, Ch. 2.
I do have a dream, a tableau of the bathing place of La Grenouillère, for which I've done some bad pochades (sketches), but it is a dream. Renoir, who have just spent a couple of months here, also wants to paint this subject.Claude Monet
I would love to do orange and lemon trees silhouetted against the blue sea, but I cannot find them the way I want them.Claude Monet
For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but its surroundings bring it to life – the air and the light, which vary continually.Claude Monet
When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before youa tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streakof yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact colour and shape, until it gives your own naive impression of the scene before you.Claude Monet
It was as if a veil had been torn suddenly away; I had understood, I had grasped what painting could be.Claude Monet
I insist upon ‘doing it alone’... I have always worked better alone and from my own impressions.Claude Monet
Ninety per cent of the theory of Impressionist painting is in . . . Ruskin's Elements.Claude Monet
I can no longer work outside because of the intensity of the light.Claude Monet
I didn't become one... As long as I can remember I've always been one.Claude Monet
I want to paint the air in which the bridge, the house and the boat are to be found – the beauty of the air around them, and that is nothing less than the impossible.Claude Monet
Since the appearance of Impressionism, the official salons, which used to be brown, have become blue, green, and red... But peppermint or chocolate, they are still confections.Claude Monet