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Water Lilies

1907
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)


Dimensions

96.8 x 98.4 cm (38 1/8 x 38 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

19.170

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

Beginning in 1903, Monet embarked on a series of paintings depicting his water garden at Giverny, its lily pads and endless play of reflections. Inspired by Japanese prints, he hoped to evoke “presence through shadow and the whole through the part”—suggesting the surrounding banks, trees, and sky, though never representing them directly. In 1909 Monet exhibited forty-eight of these “water landscapes” at his dealer’s gallery in Paris, among them this canvas.

Inscription

Lower right: Claude Monet 1907

Provenance

June 1909, sold by the artist to Bernheim-Jeune and Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York; December 1909, sold by Durand-Ruel to Alexander Cochrane (b. 1840 - d. 1919), Boston; 1919, bequest of Alexander Cochrane to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1919)

Credit Line

Bequest of Alexander Cochrane