Water Lilies, Green Reflection, 1914-17

Monet had a third studio built in his garden in 1915 to allow him to continue painting his vast canvases, which reflect little of the horrors of war going on oil around. Monet’s son Michel was serving and, by 1917, over one million French had died during the conflicts, yet Monet continued to paint his vast, tranquil canvases.

At the time of this painting Monet was suffering from problems with his eyesight. The dark, green tonal ground of this work contrasts with the colours of the lilies, and his swirling brushwork is most evident, adding to the effect of gentle movement.

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