An abstract version of the famous and colourful garden pond of the French painter Claude Monet will be on show in The Hague City Hall. This art installation is presented on the occasion of the exhibition on Monet’s gardens in Kunstmuseum Den Haag.
Monet is one of the most famous founders of the Impressionist movement. His waterlily paintings, inspired by his own pond in the garden at Giverny, France are some of the best known works of art in the world.
On the grey floor tiles of the Atrium a colourful 2D image of the pond with its waterlilies in full flower is to be set up. In the centre a full-size 3D model of its green Japanese bridge will be the show piece of the installation. Art lovers will immediately recognise ‘Monet’s bridge’ at Giverny.
The Giverny garden will not be presented realistically, but a simplified version will be shown. WATERLELIES in the Atrium is designed bij Elisabeth Rijkels-Visser of Piet Design and realised by LetterZDesign. It has been initiated by Atrium City Hall.
WATERLILIES the garden at Giverny
Behind his house at Giverny Monet laid out a garden that was specially designed to be painted. The exuberant colours of the plants are almost too much, but they made and still make a perfect subject for painters and photographers.
Across the road from his house Monet established another large garden. There the famous pond with its waterlilies, weeping willow and wisteria are to be found.
At the age of 86, Monet died in Giverny and left his legacy to his son Michel. The house, the garden and the water lily pond that Michel Monet had inherited were donated by him to the Académie des beaux-arts in Paris, France in 1966. The house and the garden are open to the public since 1980.
WATERLILIES the paintings
In his final years Monet painted nothing else; he was obsessed by his lilies. His paintings became increasingly abstract as his expertise grew and his eyesight deteriorated.
He did not paint the actual object however, rather he showed how they reflected the light.
WATERLILIES their origin
Waterlilies belong to the small plant family of nymphaeaceae. They were long thought to be related to the lotus. This was proved not be the case, but they do favour the same habitat.
Through this misunderstanding several legends related to lotus flowers were also told about waterlilies. They are a symbol of purity. It is indeed a miracle that such magnificent, radiant flowers grow from muddy waters.
Monet ordered his lilies from the French grower Bory Latour-Marliac, to whom we also owe the many, colourful varieties of today. The Bory Latour-Marliac nursery still exists in the south of France.
WATERLILIES Monet in Holland
Monet visited Holland on several occasions. In May 1886 he paid his last visit, at the invitation of the French embassy. He stayed at The Hague for about a month and during this time painted the famous bulb fields at Rijnsburg and Sassenheim.