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Water Lilies Flower Ceramic Vase has a unique shape to illustrate Monet's most iconic painting of Blue Water Lilies.
From 1883 onwards, Monet rented and later purchased a property in the village of Giverny, France, where he worked on a series of paintings called Water Lilies. The series is composed of 250 paintings (such as Water-Lilies, Setting Sun, circa 1907, and Water Lilies in Giverny, 1917) of the same objects, reflected under different light and weather conditions. The subject of the Water Lilies series is the garden Monet had in his Giverny home, where he lived until his death in 1926. He created a pond in his garden where he grew lilies which ended up being his inspiration for many of his paintings. “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”, he used to say, as he believed he was only good for gardening and painting. As the garden grew, Monet added a Japanese footbridge across his pond (also shown in his famous artworks and portrayed as part of the series), imported water lilies from places (such as Egypt), and hired six gardeners to assist him in taking care of it. One of the gardener's main tasks consisted of paddling a boat into the pond and cleaning each lily individually. This series stands out because it illustrates the artist's perspective of light and color. Water Lilies, along with Van Gogh's famous painting Starry Night remain the most famous images of Impressionism. Nowadays, Monet's beautiful garden and inspiration in Giverny remains alive and open to the public for tours while the Water Lilies series is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.