What Clive Bell Would Say About Monet’s Water Lilies

2 pages | 490 words

In this essay, I will discuss Monet's painting Water Lilies and what Clive Bell would say about it. Clive Bell was an art critic who is well-known for his book "Art" published in 1914, in which he discusses formalism: the idea that works of art can be analyzed by their form rather than their subject matter. I will be discussing formalism and expressionism as they relate to Monet's painting, as well as Tolstoy's thoughts on art from his essay "What is Art?". In the end, I will come to a conclusion about what Clive Bell would say about Water Lilies.