Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond, c. 1920
Oil on canvas, three panels, Each 6' 6 3/4" x 13' 11 1/4", overall 6' 6 3/4" x 41' 10 3/8"
Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)
The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Gallery
The aim of his large Water Lilies paintings, Monet said, was to supply "the illusion of an endless whole, of water without horizon or bank." While his garden in Giverny, his water-lily pond, and the sky above are the subjects of this monumental triptych, his representation of them can be seen to verge toward abstraction. In the attempt to capture the constantly changing qualities of natural light and color, spatial cues all but dissolve; above and below, near and far, water and sky all commingle. In his enveloping, large-scale canvases Monet sought to create "the refuge of a peaceful meditation in the center of a flowering aquarium."
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund.
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