Monet’s Water Lilies / Together Again in Cleveland

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From the exhibit  “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse”  at the Cleveland Museum of Art till January 5th, 2016

Having achieved great commercial success in his gallery exhibitions in the 1890s, Claude Monet purchased property at Giverny in France, where he cultivated magnificent gardens. This mural-sized triptych above features water lilies from the garden pond he created by diverting a river.  For twenty-five years Monet obsessively painted the water lily motif at different times of day. This painting and its counterparts envelop the viewer in subtle hues and intangible beauty.

monnnOwned by the Cleveland museum, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and the St. Louis Art Museum, the three big paintings were finished in 1926, the year of the artist’s death.

“Reunited in Cleveland for the first time since 1980, they are joined together to form a single image measuring 41 feet across and 6.5 feet high. They constitute a spectacular climax, worth the $18 price of admission alone.” ~ Steven Litt

The catalog which accompanies the exhibit is available
at the museum store and in Cleveland Public Library’s Fine Arts Department. 

 

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Cleveland Museum of Art

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St. Louis Art Museum; St. Louis, Missouri

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Nelson Atkins Museum of Art; Kansas City, Missouri