Water Lilies | Claude Monet / Charles Dickens / Samuel Taylor Coleridge / Henry David Thoreau

Claude Monet, Nympheas, 1897–1898


"It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it;
I grew them without ever thinking of painting them."

Claude Monet


Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1899


"But, for all that, they had a very pleasant walk. The trees were bare of leaves, and the river was
 bare of water-lilies; but the sky was not bare of its beautiful blue, and the water reflected it, and
 a delicious wind ran with the stream, touching the surface crisply."

Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1864–65


Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1919
Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1917–1919


"The water-lily, in the midst of waters, opens its leaves and expands its petals, at the first
pattering of the shower, and rejoices in the rain-drops with a quicker sympathy than the
packed shrubs in the sandy desert."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1906
Claude Monet, Water lilies, 1897–1899


"Nature seemed to have adorned herself for our departure with a profusion of fringes and
curls, mingled with the bright tints of flowers, reflected in the water. But we missed the
white water-lily, which is the queen of river flowers, its reign being over for this season....
 Many of this species inhabit our Concord water."

Henry David Thoreau


Claude Monet, The Water Lilies - The Clouds, 1920–1926


Water Lilies (or Nymphéas)
 is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by Claude Monet (1840–1926). The paintings depict his flower garden
at his home in Giverny, and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.


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