Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CLAUDE MONET'S Water Lilies: The Full Group of Late Paintings at MOMA

Water Lilies, Reflections of Weeping Willows. 1914–1926. Oil on canvas. 51 1/4" x 78 3/4" (130.2 x 200 cm)
The Japanese Footbridge, c. 1920-1922, Oil on canvas. 35 1/4 x 45 7/8" (89.5 x 116.3 cm)
Water Lilies. 1914–1926. Oil on canvas. 51 1/4" x 79" (130.2 x 200.7 cm).
Water Lilies. 1914–26. Oil on canvas, 6' 6 1/2" x 19' 7 1/2" (199.5 x 599 cm)
Agapanthus. 1914–26. Oil on canvas, 6' 6" x 70 1/4" (198.2 x 178.4 cm)

Water Lilies 1914-1926

On exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art are Claude Monet's Water Lilies through April 12. This is a special exhibit because for the first time in the museum's new building, the full group of Claude Monet's late paintings is featured in the collection. These include a mural-sized triptych (Water Lilies, 1914–26) and a single-panel painting of the water lilies in the Japanese-style pond that Monet cultivated on his property in Giverny, France (Water Lilies, 1914–26), as well as The Japanese Footbridge (c. 1920–22) and Agapanthus (1914–26), depicting the majestic plants in the pond's vicinity. These paintings have long held a special status with the Museum's audiences and, much like MoMA's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, they provide a modern oasis in the center of midtown Manhattan. These works will be complemented by two loans of closely related paintings.

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