Image credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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From the Japanese bridge in his water garden, Monet obtained a high viewpoint of the water and a correspondingly steep picture plane, uninterrupted by the shoreline. The reflective surface of a pond with its floating vegetation seems transformed into limitless space. In 1908 he wrote: 'These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession... yet I want to succeed in rendering what I perceive'. This is one of three Monet paintings of waterlilies (nymphéas) purchased by Gwendoline Davies in Paris in 1913.





oil on canvas


H 81.6 x W 92.7 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2487

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Gwendoline Davies, 1951

Work type


Inscription description

Stretcher: Label: (inscribed) Monet no.1026g Les nympheas, paysage d'eau, serie 1906 nbdcb Inscribed: DR 10269 19894 7599 7663 (sic) [crossed out] Label: (inscribed) No.79894 Cl.Monet nympheas (1906 Label: (typed) MONET. Les Nympheas (1) Signed and dated: (bottom left) Claude Monet 1906


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