Claude Monet: Water Lilies
Claude Monet (1840-1926) devoted the last 25 years of his career to paintings of the Japanese-style pond and gardens of his house in Giverny, France. Two of these luminous panels--"Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond," a mural-sized triptych, and "Water Lilies," a single canvas--are among the most well-known and beloved works in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. The aim of these paintings, according to the artist, was to supply "the illusion of an endless whole, of water without horizon or bank." These late works were for many years less appreciated than Monet's classic Impressionist works, oftentimes seen as unstructured, even unfinished. But with the emergence of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, Monet became an extraordinarily relevant predecessor. In 1955, The Museum of Modern Art became the first American museum to acquire one of Monet's large-scale water lily compositions. In 1958, when a fire destroyed this and another water lily painting, the public's widespread expression of loss led to the acquisition of the works currently in the collection. This lively volume recounts the history of Monet's water lilies at the Museum underscores the resonance of these paintings with the art and artists of the last half-century.
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Abstract Art Abstract Expressionism Abstract Expressionists acquired Alfred H Andy Warhol Ann Temkin April Art Resource Art's Artists Rights Society Barnett Newman Barr's Cezanne CLAUDE MONET Water Clement Greenberg Cubism Curator decade Department of Painting Dorothy Miller fire France Galerie Durand-Ruel garden Giverny grandes decorations Installation view Jack Youngerman James Rosenquist James Thrall Soby Japanese Footbridge Joan Mitchell large Water Lilies large-scale paintings late Monet Leo Castelli Leo Castelli Gallery Metropolitan Museum Michel Monet mid-century Modern Art Archives Monet Exhibition Monet retrospective MONET Water Lilies Musee de l'Orangerie Museum Collection Files Museum of Art Museum of Modern Nympheas Oil on canvas Orangerie Painting and Sculpture Paul Hayes Tucker Philip Guston Photograph by Soichi Pollock rights holders Seasons and Moments Seitz Simon Guggenheim Fund single panel Soichi Sunami studio tion triptych view of Water viewer Water Lilies painting Water Lilies panel water lily pond Yale University Press York Gift