Arts Everyday Living: Waterlilies Paradise—Through the Eyes of Monet and a Talented Follower

Claude Monet, Waterlilies: Reflections of Tall Grass, 1914-1917, oil on canvas, Private Collection

 

French impressionist icon Claude Monet (1840-1926) is identified with waterlilies, building his own floral paradise at his home in Giverny, today a major tourist destination.  He created some 250 interpretations like Waterlilies, Reflections of Tall Grass above, ranging in scope, from standard sized canvases to the huge murals at Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris. Fellow Frenchman Robert A. Pinchon (1886-1943), a generation younger than Monet, painted in the area near Giverny.  Waterlilies Pond below was likely a tribute to the older artist’s works. In turn, Monet once said of Pinchon that he had a surprising touch in the service of a surprising eye.

 

Robert A. Pinchon, Waterlilies Pond, 1910, oil on canvas, unknown location

 

 

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