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Claude Monet in the early 90's acquired part of the meadow, measuring 7,500 m2, near his house in Giverny. This site, with the help of a small canal, he turned into a wonderful water garden. Later, an arched bridge was built in the garden. The artist acquired peace and a place for reflection there.
In October 1890, Monet had a desire to write his favorite place in a series of poppy field species. After the artist finally settled in Giverny, he created a series of paintings dedicated to the Japanese bridge. Then Monet switched to water lilies in a pond and began to write from at different times of the year.
He showed his series “Water Lilies, Landscapes of Water” at an exhibition in Paris in 1909. But after that he did not finish his work on water lilies and searched for more and more new images for himself, creating large-sized canvases. From 1897 to 1919 a series of paintings "Lilies" was created.
One morning, Monet looked at the pond and saw “nothing” there: the reality from long use was erased, and disappeared into insignificance. After that, the artist locked himself in his room and began to create an image of lilies from memory.
Exaggerating the little details and giving his creation all the necessary amount of warmth, Monet created a wonderful painting "Water Lilies". We can see on it, pond animated by the rays of the sun and covered with light ripples, overgrown with algae and surrounded by weeping willows.
On the surface of the water are colonies of lilies shining in the sun, like pearls. What is striking, the picture has no horizon and sky, it can be seen only in reflection on the water.
Art historians claim that painting in the works of Claude Monet has reached full perfection and has erased the line between abstraction and realism. The artist managed to stop the moment by showing that everything in our world is leaving, but will never disappear forever, and life is just the expectation of the next day.
Paddling Painting by Renoir