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Claude Monet, The Water Lilies – The Clouds, 1920–1926, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris
Claude Monet, The Water Lilies – Setting Sun, 1920–1926, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris
Claude Monet, Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond, c. 1920, 200 × 1276 cm (78.74 × 502.36 in), oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Water Lilies (or Nymphéas, French: [nɛ̃.fe.a]) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926). The paintings depict his flower garden at his home in Giverny, and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.[1][2]

BackgroundEdit

Monet's long preference for producing and exhibiting a series of paintings related by subject and perspective began in 1889, with at least ten paintings done at the Valley of the Creuse, which were shown at the Galerie Georges Petit.[3] Among his other famous series are his Haystacks.

During the 1920s, the state of France built a pair of oval rooms at the Musée de l'Orangerie as a permanent home for eight water lily murals by Monet. The exhibit opened to the public on 16 May 1927, a few months after Monet's death.[1] Sixty water lily paintings from around the world were assembled for a special exhibition at the Musée de l'Orangerie in 1999.[4]

The paintings are on display at museums all over the world, including the Princeton University Art Museum, Musée Marmottan Monet,[5] the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York,[6] the Art Institute of Chicago,[7] the Saint Louis Art Museum,[8] the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri,[9] the Carnegie Museum of Art, the National Museum of Wales, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, the Cleveland Museum of Art,[10] the Portland Art Museum and the Legion of Honor.[11]

The paintings at auctionEdit

On 19 June 2007, one of Monet's Water Lily paintings sold for £18.5 million at a Sotheby's auction in London.[12] On 24 June 2008 another of his Water Lily paintings, Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas, sold for almost £41 million at Christie's in London, almost double the estimate of £18 to £24 million.[13]

In May 2010, it was announced that the 1906 Nymphéas work would be auctioned in London in June 2010. The painting had an estimated sale price of between £30 and £40 million.[14] Giovanna Bertazzoni, Christie's auction house director and head of impressionist and modern art, said, "Claude Monet's water-lily paintings are amongst the most recognised and celebrated works of the 20th Century and were hugely influential to many of the following generations of artists."[14] The sale took place on 23 June 2010 at the auction house and the painting attracted bids of up to £29 million, but it ultimately failed to sell.[15]

On 6 May 2014, one of the Water Lilies, Le Bassin aux Nymphéas, was auctioned at Christie's, New York City for $27 million.[16][16]

In June 2014, one of the Water Lilies, Nymphéas, sold for $54 million USD at a Sotheby's auction in London.[17] This piece was auctioned to an anonymous buyer, but the piece went on to be part of the exhibition "Painting the Modern Garden: From Monet to Matisse" at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, starting in 2015.[17] The co-chairman of Sotheby's modern and impressionist art department, Helena Newman, claims that the result is at the top of the original estimated selling price. This price was between 34 and 51 million USD.

While many of Monet’s masterpieces have sold, there are still an estimated 250 oil paintings from this series.[18] The collection is widely popular, with many of these pieces residing in exhibits that have yet to go to auction.

List of Water LiliesEdit

Image Title
Date
Size Museum
  Nymphéas
1897–1898
66 x 104 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles)
  Nymphéas
1897–1899
81 x 100 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (Rome)
  Le Bassin aux nymphéas, harmonie verte
1898
89 x 92 cm
Musée d'Orsay (Paris)
  Nymphéas et pont japonais
1899
Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton, New Jersey)
  Pont au-dessus d'un bassin de nymphéas
1899
93 x 74 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
  Nympheas blancs
1899
Pushkin Museum (Moscow)
  Pont japonais et bassin aux nymphéas
1899
89 x 93 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia)
  Le Bassin aux nymphéas
1899
88 x 93 cm
National Gallery (London)
  Le Pont japonais ou le Bassin aux nymphéas
1900
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston)
  Le Pont japonais
1900
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia)
  Nymphéas
1903
90 x 96 cm
Museum of modern art André Malraux - MuMa (Le Havre)
  Nymphéas
1903
Dayton Art Institute (Ohio)
  Le Bassin des nymphéas
1904
88 x 91 cm
Denver Art Museum (Denver)
  Nymphéas
1904
81 x 100 cm
Prive Collection
  Nymphéas (W1671)
1905
89 x 100 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston)
  Nymphéas
1905
89 x 99 cm
Auction Christie's (New York), 2012
  Nymphéas
1906
80 x 94 cm
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago)
  Étang avec des nénuphars
1907
Israel Museum (Jerusalem)
  Nymphéas
1907
73 x 92 cm
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art (Sakura, Chiba) (Japan)
  Nymphéas
1907
Bridgestone Museum of Art (Tokyo)
  Nymphéas
1907
91 x 81 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston)
  Le bassin aux nymphéas ou Les nymphéas à Giverny
1907
100 x 200 cm
Musée d'Arts de Nantes (Nantes)
  Nymphéas au soleil couchant
1907
73 x 93 cm
National Gallery (London)
  Nymphéas (W1733)
1907
73 x 93 cm
Worcester Art Museum (Massachusetts)
  Nymphéas
1908
90 x 92 cm
Collection (St. Gallen) Switzerland
  Nymphéas
1908
Diam. 80 cm
Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas)
  Nymphéas
1914–1917
181 x 202 cm
National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) Australia
  Nymphéas, le matin clair aux saules
1914–1926
200 x 1257 cm
Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris)
  Nymphéas, reflets verts
1914–1926
200 x 850 cm
Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris)
  Nymphéas, Soleil couchant
1914–1926
200 x 600 cm
Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris)
  Nymphéas, les nuages
1914–1926
200 x 1275 cm
Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris)
  Nymphéas, les deux saules
1914–1926
200 x 1700 cm
Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris)
  Nymphéas, reflets d'arbres
1914–1926
200 x 850 cm
Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris)
  Nymphéas
1915–1926
200 x 425 cm
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City)
  Nymphéas
vers 1915
200 x 425 cm
Neue Pinakothek (Munich)
  Nymphéas
1915
Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris)
  Nymphéas blancs et jaunes
1915–1917
200 x 200 cm
Kunst Museum Winterthur – Reinhart am Stadtgarten (Winterthur)
  Le Bassin aux nymphéas
1915–1926
Chichu Art Museum (Japan)
  Nymphéas (W1800)
1916
200 x 200 cm
National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo)
  Nymphéas
1916
200 x 427 cm
National Gallery (London)
  Nymphéas, reflets de saule
1916–1919
200 x 200 cm
Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris)
  Vue du bassin aux nymphéas avec saule
1916–1919
140 x 150 cm
Collection, Auction Christie's New York, 1998
  Nymphéas bleus
1916–1919
200 x 200 cm
Musée d'Orsay (Paris)
  Nymphéas
1917–1919
Honolulu Museum of Art
  Bassin aux nymphéas
1917–1919
Albertina (Vienna)
  Bassin aux nymphéas
1917–1920
300 x 200 cm
Beyeler Foundation (Basel)
  Le Bassin aux nymphéas
1919
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
  Les Nymphéas
1920–1926
219 x 602 cm
Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris)
  Reflets de nuages sur le bassin aux Nymphéas
1920
200 x 276 cm
Museum of Modern Art (New York)
  Le Pont japonais
1918–1924
115 x 89 cm
Beyeler Foundation (Basel)
  Le Pont japonais
1919–1924
Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)
  Le Pont japonais
1920–1922
Museum of Modern Art (New York)
  Le Pont japonais, Giverny
1920–1924
94 x 89 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston)
  Le Pont japonais, sur le bassin aux nymphéas
1920–1924
89 x 92 cm
São Paulo Museum of Art (São Paulo)
  Nymphéas et Pont japonais
1920–1924
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia)
  Jardin d'eau à Giverny
1920
118 x 83 cm
Museum of Grenoble (Grenoble)
  Nymphéas
1922
200 x 213 cm
Toledo Museum of Art (Ohio)

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

  • Weeping Willow, 1918 Monet painting, one of several works depicting a Weeping Willow tree located at the edge of his Water Lilies pond

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Monet, Claude." Grove Art Online.
  2. ^ Smart, Alastair (18 October 2014). "Why are Monet's water-lilies so popular?". The Telegraph. telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. ^ Tucker, Paul Hayes, Monet in the '90s: The Series Paintings, 1989, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in association with Yale University Press, p. 41.
  4. ^ Susan Bell. "Paris sees Monet lilies in a new light." The Times. 8 May 1999.
  5. ^ Claude Monet paintings at the Marmottan
  6. ^ Water Lilies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  7. ^ Water Lilies at the Art Institute of Chicago
  8. ^ Water Lilies at the Saint Louis Art Museum,
  9. ^ Water Lilies, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  10. ^ "Water Lilies (Agapanthus)". Cleveland Museum of Art. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco". FAMSF. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  12. ^ Dalya Alberge. "Monet lilies make £18.5m but just miss world record." The Times. 20 June 2007.
  13. ^ The Laura Henry Collection "Monet masterpiece sells at auction for almost £41million" The Laura Henry Collection. 25 June 2008.
  14. ^ a b "Monet water lily to be auctioned at Christie's". BBC News. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  15. ^ "Picasso reaches £34.7m in Christie's auction". BBC News. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  16. ^ Embuscado, Rain (12 May 2016). "Frida Kahlo Breaks Record at Christie's May Sale". News.artnet.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Monet painting of waterlilies sells for $54 million at auction". 26 June 2014.
  18. ^ Denham, Jess (24 June 2014). "Claude Monet water lilies painting sells for £32m in second highest sale for his work". The Independent. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  19. ^ http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/claude-oscar-monet-water-lilies
  20. ^ "Search Collection | the National Museum of Western Art".

External linksEdit

External video
 
  Monet's Water Lilies