Saturday, June 26, 2010

Monet's "Water Lilies" In Cleveland

While Andrew and I were in Cleveland over Memorial Day Weekend, we encountered Claude Monet’s giant “Water Lilies” at the Cleveland Museum Of Art.

In the last decade of his life, Monet painted three massive water lily canvases depicting the vista from his own gardens at Giverny. The paintings were intended as a triptych, and the Cleveland canvas—intended to be the left panel of the triptych—is the most famous and is generally considered to be the finest of the three water lily paintings.

All three canvases reside in American museums. The other two are in collections in Missouri: at the Saint Louis Museum Of Art and at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.

The three paintings were last displayed as a triptych in 1979, when they were gathered first in Kansas City and later in Saint Louis and Cleveland.

All three canvases will once again be joined beginning next year, to be displayed first in Kansas City and afterward in Saint Louis and Cleveland.


Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Water Lilies (Agapanthus)
Cleveland Museum Of Art

Oil On Canvas
79 1/4 Inches By 169 7/16 Inches

1 comment:

  1. Josh,

    Thank you for the photo of the Monet. I haven't seen the painting first hand in ten years, but it has always been one of my favorites at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    I could tell that you and Andrew loved the Museum after I read that the two of you spent two entire days visiting. The quantity of holdings there is small compared to other Museums, here in the US and abroad, but what quality!