Water Lily Pond

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1917/19

Artist:

Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

About this artwork

During World War I, after several years of inactivity because of bad health and grief over the death of his second wife, Claude Monet embarked on a period of intense work. Building a large studio and improving his garden, he began a group of monumental paintings of water lilies that he would later offer to the French state. Alongside this project, he painted a suite of 19 smaller canvases, including the present one. There is evidence—including a few photographs of the artist working in his garden—that Monet conceived these paintings outdoors and then reworked them in his studio. By this last stage of his career, however, the distinction between observation and memory in his work is intangible, and perhaps even irrelevant.

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European Painting and Sculpture

Artist

Claude Monet

Title

Water Lily Pond

Origin

France

Date

1917–1926

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Estate stamp at lower right: Claude Monet

Dimensions

130.2 × 201.9 cm (51 1/2 × 79 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Harvey Kaplan

Reference Number

1982.825

Extended information about this artwork

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