Water Lilies

Water Lilies

  • Title: Water Lilies
  • Artist: Claude Monet
  • Date: 1919
  • Material: Oil on Canvas
  • Size: 39 3/4 x 78 3/4 in
  • This work is one of four pictures of water lilies that, quite exceptionally, Monet finished, signed, and sold in 1919. Much of his late work was not finished, and few paintings were released for sale. In a letter he reported that he was not yet pleased with the paintings, but that he was working on them “with passion.”
  • Water Lilies (or Nympheas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings depict Monet’s own flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. The paintings are on display at museums all over the world.
  • Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.The term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.
  • I chose this painting because it is a very famous work of art, but yet i had never heard of it before. I love the color the texture and the detail in this beautiful work of art. There is a lot of movement in the picture that i noticed the more i looked at it, through the water, and the weeds you can see the water flowing in a very serene way. This painting has a very peaceful feel and i really like it.
  • References:
  • http://www.touropia.com/most-famous-paintings/
  • http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/438008
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Monet
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