Water Lilies (Agapanthus)

c. 1915–26
(French, 1840–1926)
Framed: 204.9 x 430.3 x 6 cm (80 11/16 x 169 7/16 x 2 3/8 in.); Unframed: 201.3 x 425.6 cm (79 1/4 x 167 9/16 in.)
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Water lilies were a recurring theme in Monet's work; he painted around 250 water lily compositions.


A skilled horticulturalist as well as an artist, Claude Monet spent the last 30 years of his life painting the private garden he designed and helped cultivate at his home in Giverny. The resultant canvases are notable for their varied motifs, formats, and sizes. Monumental in scale, this rendering of his water lily pond focuses on the momentary effects of sunlight as it both penetrates and reflects off its shimmering surface. By zeroing in on the water and omitting its horizon and surrounding banks, Monet infers a limitless expanse—a perception amplified by the painting’s vast horizontal format that fills the viewer’s field of vision.
Water Lilies (Agapanthus)

Water Lilies (Agapanthus)

c. 1915–26

Claude Monet

(French, 1840–1926)
France, late 19th century-early 20th century


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