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Claude Monet (1840-1926) devoted the last 25 years of his career to paintings of the Japanese-style pond and gardens of his house in Giverny, France. Two of these luminous panels - Water Lilies (1914-26), a mural-sized triptych, and Water Lilies (1914-26), a single canvas - are among the most beloved works in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. The aim of these paintings, according to the artist, was to supply "the illusion of an endless whole, of water without horizon or bank." These late works were for many years less appreciated than Monet's classic Impressionist works, oftentimes seen as unstructured, even unfinished. But with the emergence of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, Monet became an extraordinarily relevant predecessor. In 1955, The Museum of Modern Art became the first public collection in the United States to acquire one of Monet's large-scale water lily compositions. This lively volume recounts the history of Monet's Water Lilies at the Museum - including the destruction of two works in a fire in 1958 - and underscores the resonance of these paintings with the art and artists of the last half-century.
Number of Pages: 56
Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Inc
Author: Ann Temkin & Nora Lawrence
Street Date: October 24, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-8023
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