Claude Monet. Water Lilies. 1914-26

Claude Monet

Water Lilies


On view
Oil on canvas
6' 6 1/2" x 19' 7 1/2" (199.5 x 599 cm)
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 9, with 3 other works online.
Claude Monet has 6 works online.
There are 2,104 paintings online.

The thick surface of this panel indicates the prolonged duration of its making. Monet worked on this and other paintings over a period of several years, building up layers of paint as he altered and refined the compositions. This ethereal image features softly flowing passages of cloud reflections amid a tranquil surface punctuated by pink lilies. The notably delicate palette of this painting differentiates it from others and suggests a silvery light suffusing the pond's surface. Since the 1890s Monet had indulged a passion for exploring a single subject in extensive series that chronicle its changing appearance at various times of day and in different kinds of weather.

Gallery label from Monet's Water Lilies, September 13, 2009–April 12, 2010

Provenance Research Project
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
The artist, Giverny; by inheritance to his son Michel Monet (1878-1966), Giverny, 1926 [1]; sold to Katia Granoff, Paris, 1956 [2]; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York (Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund), 1959.
[1] Per catalogue raisonné Wildenstein (no. 1981).
[2] Ibid.

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