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Claude Monet is often criticised for being overexposed, too easy, too obvious, or worse, a chocolate box artist. His last works, the enormous water lily canvasses are among the most popular art works in the world.
Yet there is nothing tame, traditionalist, or cosy about these last paintings. These are his most radical works of all. They turn the world upside down with their strange, disorientating and immersive vision.
Monet’s water lilies have come to be viewed as simply an aesthetic interpretation of the garden that obsessed him. But they are so much more.
These works were created as a direct response to the most savage and apocalyptic period of modern history. They were in fact conceived as a war memorial to the millions of lives tragically lost in the First World War.
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Monet by Christopher Heinrich
Claude Monet: Waterlillies and the Garden of Giverny by Dr. Julian Beecroft
Mad Enchantment: Ross King
Monet by Himself – Kendall publishing
Music by: Alexei Surovykh
“Theme” music: JS Bach “Sonata for violin solo No.1 in G Minor”