Claude Monet (1840-1926, French) developed a three-decade passion for waterlilies. He painted them more than two hundred times beginning in 1899. One gardener at Giverny was dedicated to the care of the waterlilies the artist planted.
Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, a bequest of Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954, American) is the most popular of Pennsylvania’s pleasure gardens. It collects and cultivates waterlilies among many other plants.
Ranjani Shettar (born 1977) is an Indian artist and artisan who works with natural and industrial materials to evoke the natural environments of India which are under threat now.
Tropical Night-Flowering Waterlily, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania
Bridge over a Pond of Waterlilies, 1899, oil on canvas. Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Waterlilies, Japanese Footbridge, 1918-1926, oil on canvas. Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French. Philadelphia Museum of Art
A rare palette for this artist.
Tropical Day-Flowering Waterlily, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania
The Waterlilies, 1905, oil on canvas. Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French. Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
Triptych of waterlilies, Water Lilies, 1914-1926, oil on canvas, painted by Claude Monet, 1840-1926, French. MOMA, NY. Photo from the net.
Detail of the triptych, Water Lilies, 1914-26
This triptych was bought by the museum from the artist’s son, Michel Monet in 1959 following a widespread outpouring of grief at the destruction by fire of two of the artist’s waterlily paintings owned by the museum in April 1958
Seven Ponds and a Few Rain Drops, 2017, muslin, stainless steel, tamarind and natural dyes. Ranjani Shettar, Indian born 1977. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Longwood Hybrid Waterplatters, hybridized by crossing seeds from 1961 onwards collected in South America
On the left prickly waterlily (Euryale ferox), native of Asia. Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania
Red Stemmed Arrowhead, a plant in the plantain family, admiring the giant waterlilies. Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania