Join an NGV Educator live from the NGV for a short and lively introduction to one work from French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. To have your questions answered about the Wednesday Work of the Week send them in advance to [email protected]. The program recording will also be available to access for one week for booked participants.
Claude Monet’s Water lily pond
A garden pond features in many of Monet’s most famous works from his time living in Giverny. Inspired by Japanese art, Monet extended his garden at his home and installed a water lily pond complete with a bridge running across it. He spent the final years of his life – while suffering from deteriorating eyesight and lung cancer – on his largest project, a series of monumental panels of his pond, which he gifted to the people of France. This week, explore the way Monet captured impressions of his garden pond in The water lily pond, 1900, and reflect on your own experiences and memories of gardens.
- Identify and describe sources of inspiration Claude Monet’s work.
- Examine the ways in which Monet expresses his ideas, feelings and beliefs in his work.
- Discuss how artworks are made and how the choice of materials and techniques can influence their meaning.
- Consider the ways art can encourage viewers to reflect on their own experiences of the world.
Duration: 15 mins