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Claude Monet and His Water Lilies: Seeking Solace in Art

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0678
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Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge by Claude Monet

Toward the end of his prolific career, Claude Monet, one of France’s masters of impressionism, created his enchanting Water Lilies series, inspired by the water-lily ponds he created at his beloved home, Giverny.

Monet’s intention for painting the luminous large-scale works was to provide an “asylum of peaceful meditation.” However, the calm and beauty of the paintings belie the personal turmoil, frustration, and anguish Monet endured in the last decade of his life: the deaths of his beloved wife Alice and eldest son Jean, and the effects of increasingly cloudy vision. Despite these travails, he turned to his art once again—and continued until his death in 1926.  

Join author Ross King in an exploration of these iconic paintings as he brings to life the extraordinary accomplishment of Monet’s later years.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

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