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photo:Claude Monet
Water Lilies

  • Claude Monet
  • 1840 - 1926
  • Water Lilies
  • 1916
  • Oil on canvas 200.5 x 201 cm
  • Signed and dated lower left: Claude Monet 1916
  • Matsukata Collection
  • P.1959-151
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After Monet moved to Giverny, he bought the land in front of his home and built a Japanese style garden. He retired to this watery realm isolated from the outside world to create his final series, "The Water Lilies." He created many paintings of the changing images of the pond, its water lilies and the reflecting light at all hours of morning, day and evening. He filled the entire surface of this work with an image of the pond, giving the viewer the strong impression of standing in the center of the pond.

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