-Waterlilies, c. 1915 -Grand Canal, Venice, 1908 (detail)
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About Water Lilies Claude Monet’s Water Lilies consist of a series of approximately 250 paintings depicting the artist’s garden at his home in Giverny, France.
This series was the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during his last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.
There would have been no water lilies if Monet had obeyed the local authorities. Monet imported the plants from Egypt and South America. The city council demanded he uproot the plants in fears they would poison the area’s water, but Monet ignored them.
About Claude Monet Claude Monet (born November 14, 1840, Paris, France—died December 5, 1926, Giverny) was a French painter who was the initiator, leader, and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style. In his mature works, Monet developed his method of producing repeated studies of the same motif in series, changing canvases with the light or as his interest shifted.
His popularity soared in the second half of the 20th century, when his works traveled the world in museum exhibitions that attracted record-breaking crowds.