The Waterlily Pond, 1904

Claude Monet

TitleThe Waterlily Pond, 1904
ArtistClaude Monet
Paper Size (W x H)40 x 30 ins
Edition Size50

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The subject of water lilies consumed Monet’s paintings during the last 30 years of his life. Monet’s paintings of water lilies came from his desire to paint a series of paintings on one subject. ‘The Waterlily Pond, 1904’ shows a hazy collection of water lilies sitting peacefully near the bank of a small pond. The lilies are dispersed in many seemingly random places, as they usually are when they float on a pond. So this picture, though not realistic, is believable. Monet’s focus on motion, texture, light, and colour are evident, even at first glance.

Looking closely, you can see Monet’s use of small brush strokes that vary in direction giving the painting a feeling of subtle, but constant movement. The elements of light and colour are an important part of the painting as well. Monet was able to show the reflections of the surrounding greenery on the pond by using brighter shades of green amongst the dark shades of the water. The lilies stand out in the painting as the brightest part of the pond.

Because of his fascination with water, reflections, light, and the atmosphere that they all created, he tried hard to grasp it in his art. It was an experiment in capturing nature, and the Impressionists were very interested in experimenting. As he painted water lilies, his style grew and developed each new painting different from the one before. He was trying to grasp the effects of nature with paint and canvas, and he accomplished it. His natural and free brush strokes combine with the use of colour to give the viewer the experience of water lilies on a pond on a beautiful day.

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.

About the Artist

Claude Monet

Monet was born in Paris in 1840 but his family settled in Le Havre shortly afterwards, where the River Seine meets the sea, and his lifelong obsession as an artist was established. He met Boudin and Pissarro before completing a year's military service in Algeria in 1861.

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