themainloop:

Quang Ho might be my favorite living painter right now


art history meme - 2/9 paintings: Water Lilies by Claude Monet (c. 1914-1926)

In this triptych Monet depicted his Japanese-style pond covered with water lilies, at center, shimmering with reflections of clouds overhead. The water’s surface fills the expansive composition so that conventional clues to the artist’s—and the viewer’s—vantage point are eliminated. Monet wished for the paintings to encompass the viewer: in his designs for the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, he specified that the Water Lily canvases be displayed on curved walls.