In this post, I will feature some of the paintings of water lilies by Claude Monet which were created during his lifetime. All up, I located a staggering 250 plus paintings of water lilies.
This post is the third in a series where I discuss paintings of the same subjects by Claude Monet. Previously we discussed:
These paintings depict Monet's flower gardens at his home in Giverny, which were the primary focus of Monet's paintings for the last 30 years of his life.
Interestingly, Monet started to develop cataracts around 1900 which deteriorated his vision and influenced the paintings of his later years. Many of the paintings of water lilies were painted whilst Monet suffered cataracts. In Monet's later paintings of water lilies, you can clearly see his color selection became more unusual compared to the rest of his body of work. This is most likely due to his deteriorating vision at the time rather than personal preference.
Here is some actual footage of Monet painting in his gardens when he was 74.
I also found an interesting article which goes into more detail regarding Monet's cataracts and how it influenced his paintings here.
When you look at these paintings, you almost feel immersed in nature. The colors and brushwork give the illusion that the water lilies are floating in a peaceful space.
The paintings are a fantastic demonstration of color harmony and light. As with the other series of paintings by Claude Monet (the Rouen Cathedral and haystacks) every painting is unique in some way, despite the same subject being used.
When most people think of Claude Monet, they think of these beautiful and harmonious paintings of water lilies, many of which were painted on a very large scale. However, they were not nearly as popular when they were first painted by Monet, probably due to the more expressionistic style they were painted in.
Anyway, below are over 50 of Claude Monet's beautiful paintings of water lilies. Just click on the photos below to see larger versions.
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