Claude Monet - Water Lilies 1904

Water Lilies 1904
Water Lilies
1904 89x92cm oil/canvas
Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre

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From Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre:
In the spring of 1883, after having wandered along the banks of the Seine from Le Havre to Paris for 20 years, Claude Monet (1840–1926) settled in Giverny. The painter participated in the collective adventure of Impressionism and displayed works at the group's four first exhibitions from 1874 to 1879. Crowned with success, he withdrew and purchased the house known as Le Pressoir in 1890. His painting soon took a new direction. While continuing to exalt colour, he delved increasingly deeper into the study of the pictorial space. In 1893, Claude Monet requested permission to divert water from the Ru river to create a "water garden". He made a pond spanned by a footbridge, a reference to his love of Japanese art.
In 1899, through his work on the Waterlilies series, Monet embarked on unprecedented research as he focused almost exclusively on a motif that would become like a signature. Once he had finished the Japanese bridge series in 1900, the artist concentrated on the blooming waterlily pond. First intermittently, when he was not working on the Waterloo Bridgeseries, and then on an ongoing basis when he began a large suite in 1904. From spring to fall, the artist set up easels around the pond so he could capture sensations on several canvases at once and rework them later in his workshop. The Waterlilies at MuMa, painted in 1904, are part of a suite of forty-eight canvases known as "Waterlilies, a Series of Waterscapes" shown at Durand-Ruel's gallery in Paris in 1909.