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Sep 09

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

BE CERTAIN to click on the paintings to ENLARGE or ENHANCE them.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

 

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John William Godward

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

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

 

 

 

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