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Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)

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"

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

 

In this triptych Monet depicted his Japanese-style pond covered with water lilies, at center, shimmering with reflections of clouds overhead. The water's surface fills the expansive composition so that conventional clues to the artist's—and the viewer's—vantage point are eliminated. Monet wished for the paintings to encompass the viewer: in his designs for the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris, he specified that the Water Lily canvases be displayed on curved walls.

 

www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=80220

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Taken on December 23, 2009