Sep 09

Arts Everyday Living: In the Mood for Water Lilies—Alternatives to Monet

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Water lilies

Issac Levitan, Water Lilies (Nenuphar), 1895, oil on canvas, The Kustodiev Picture Gallery, Astrakhan, Russia


Water lilies: any of various aquatic plants (especially genre Nymphaea and Nuphar of the family Nymphaeceae, the water lily family), with floating leaves and usually showy flowers.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Russian artist Issac Levitan (1860-1900), like the Impressionist Monet, communicated his love of nature mainly through thousands of landscapes, created during his short life.  However, his portrayal of Water Lilies above is a rarity.  British contemporary John William Godward (1861-1922), who specialized in ancient Greek and Roman themes, has relegated the water lilies pool to the background while highlighting one of his lovely models.



John William Godward

John William Godward, Sweet Idleness (Dolce Far Niente), 1904, oil on canvas, Private Collection


The above images are used solely for educational purpose and are in the U.S. public domain.




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