Claude Monet

Water-Lilies

after 1916

Artist
Claude Monet 1840–1926
Original title
Nymphéas
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 2007 × 4267 mm
frame: 2060 × 4320 × 75 mm
Collection
Lent by the National Gallery 1997
On long term loan
Reference
L01903

Display caption

For Monet, his garden was an ‘outside studio’. At his home in Giverny, near Paris, he created a Japanese-style water garden. Water-lilies floating on this pond became the main subjects of his later paintings. Filling the canvas, the pond becomes a world in itself. Water-lilies gives us a sense of being immersed in nature. Monet was fascinated with light and its changing effects on the natural environment. Here his focus on the light hitting the water brings his painting closer to abstraction.

Gallery label, June 2020

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