Claude Monet, French, 1840–1926 French
89.5 x 100.3 cm (35 1/4 x 39 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Out on Loan
On display at Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, June 28, 2014 – September 15, 2014
Beginning in 1903, Monet embarked on a series of canvases depicting his water garden at Giverny. Here, the pads of lilies scattered across the painting suggest the water's surface, receding into space. The pattern of light and dark beneath the lilies indicates the reflection on the water-sky and the trees on a distant bank. Monet exhibited forty-eight of these "landscapes of water" in 1909. Fascinated by the artist's subtle fusion of reality and reflection, critics compared the paintings to poetry and music.