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W1714
Group: Giverny

Artist: Claude MONET
Birth/Death: 1840–1926

Title: Waterlilies
Date Made: 1907

Lender: Musé Marmottan-Monet, Paris

The fading sunset is extinguishing details of flowers and leaves. The brushstrokes are broad — great sweeps of curving strokes. The painting gives the strange impression that the artist was almost floating over the lower part of the pool; while the more distant reflection of the setting sun dissolves the surface of the water and the islands of leaves seem to float like planets in space. In the hallucinatory experience of these contradictory dimensions, one loses the sense of where one stands in space, and thus loses the sense of a centred consciousness, which seems to dissolve into the ‘other space’ of the painting.

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