Arts Everyday Living: Monet’s Water Lilies—Flowering Islands of Summer

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Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1906, oil on canvas, Yamagata Museum of Art, Yamagata, Japan

I have painted these water lilies many times, modifying my viewpoint each time….since the water flowers are far from being the whole scene; really they are just the accompaniment…The essence of every motif is the mirror of water whose appearance alters at every moment, thanks to the patches of sky which are reflected in it, and which is its light and its movement.*

Claude Monet*

For all those readers experiencing the season of cold temperatures and chilly winds, here’s a temporary escape courtesy of French Impressionist master Claude Monet (1840-1926).  And our viewers fortunate to be enjoying warmer climates, should appreciate one of the artist’s early Water Lilies.

*Monet’s Water Lilies by Vivian Russell, Frances Lincoln Limited, London, UK, 2011

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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