1848 – 1907
Industrial Revolution II

Monet's Water Lilies

Imagine, a circular room...covered with water, dotted with these plants to the very horizon, walls of a transparency alternately green and mauve, the calm and silence of the still waters reflecting the open blossoms. The tones are vague, deliciously nuanced, with a dreamlike delicacy.
—Claude Monet, 1898

The video above discusses Claude Monet's Les Nymphéas (The Water Lilies), a suite of paintings on permanent exhibition at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris that take as their subject the water garden created by the artist at his home in Giverny. The suite includes,

Room 1:
Morning, oil on two canvas panels, 200 x 425 cm, c. 1918-26
Clouds, oil on three canvas panels, 200 x 1275 cm, c. 1918-26
Green Highlights, oil on two canvas panels, 200 x 850 cm, c. 1918-26
Sunset, oil on canvas, 200 x 600 cm, c. 1918-26

Room 2:
Reflection of Trees, oil on two canvas panels, 200 x 850 cm, c. 1918-26
The Morning Light, the willows, oil on three canvas panels, 200 x 1275 cm, c. 1918-26
The Morning Willows, oil on three canvas panels, 200 x 1275 cm, c. 1918-26
The Two Willows, oil on four canvas panels, 200 x 1700 cm, c. 1918-26

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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