LANDSCAPES AND GARDENS-5

MONET
Water lilies
(1906-08)
Monet had a longstanding attachment to gardening.  In his late years, he was able to indulge that passion at Giverny, where he owned and created a lily pond with surrounding water-gardens.  It was during the last years of his life that he created the paintings for which he is most remembered. His artistic attention was totally devoted to nature and his own gardens.  In his late works, he focused more on the water.  The lilies and weeping willows fall and float subtly in the images, with their reflections in the water becoming as significant as the objects themselves.

MONET
Water lilies
(1915)


MONET
Japanese Bridge at Giverny
(1925)
In Monet's latest paintings, which were completed in the 1920s, the heavy pigment became dominant in his canvases. The composition was replaced with lively lines and patches of colors, making the details indiscernible and abstract.  At a distance, however, the laxness and vagueness come together in the painting, reflecting a light-drenched aquatic garden.  Monet continued to work on the project of his water-gardens until his death in 1926.  It is through the beauty of these works that the shimmering, impermanent qualities of nature are revealed.

MONET
Japanese Bridge at Giverny
(1925)

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