Claude Monet’s Impression, soleil levant (1872): One of the First Impressions of the Rtam Brhat or the Vast Truth in the history of art

An Impression of the True Light

This famous painting by Claude Monet delineating the view of the Le Havre harbour, is a kind of impression one has when he is trying to establish his inner-psychic connection with the splendour of nature. And what best than to recapture the vision of the sea and the boats amidst the sunrise, as if the artist is set to create a vision of the beginning of things in the creational world. Although, it can be rightly said that emotions play an important part in impressionist paintings but it’s the purity of nature and often of the subjects that subtilises the process making the impressions more calm and detached from the artists who have created them. Here the theme of the sunrise and the reflection on the waters is purely a spiritual symbol- one associated with Truth or Light of the all-illumining sun. In the Vedas its the vast Truth called the rtam brhat and the True Light.  Apart from just seeing this painting as a physical sunrise, we can see the illumination and the reflection on the waters have direct underlying messages mentioned in the Vedas as higher-consciousness of the truth and of the descent of light and bliss. The conception of the Dawn is central to the understanding of the Vedas and of spirituality, here the creative transformative process is reflected in the waters as the sun and also the descent of higher-knowledge in the psychic.

– Joy Roy Choudhury, ArtVantage- Art Lover, Critic, Consultant. Email: