The National Museum of Western Art

update 09 June 2017

on display Permanent Collection

Claude Monet [Paris, 1840 - Giverny, 1926]

Water Lilies

Date1916
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)200.5 x 201
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower left: Claude Monet 1916
Credit LineMatsukata Collection
Standard ref.Wildenstein 1800
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1959-0151
Water Lilies

After turning fifty, Claude Monet started to build a garden at his residence at Giverny in northern France. He planted trees and flowers and cultivated water lilies in ponds, which he painted repeatedly. Constant changes in the water surface, according to the weather and time of day, sustained the artist’s interest. When this work was produced, he had already been painting water lilies for nearly twenty years. The expression of the flowers and the shadows on the water, boldly eschewing details, has the innovative Monet anticipating the Expressionists and abstract art of the future. Source: Gallery label, October 2016)

Provenance

Purchased from Monet by Kojiro Matsukata, in 1922; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.

Exhibition History

1924
Exposition Claude Monet, organisée au bénéfice des Victimes de la Catastrophe du Japon, Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, 4 January 1924 - 18 January 1924, cat. no. 19
1958
Paysages de France, Musée de Rouen, 1958 - 1958, cat. no. 138
1960
The Masterpieces of the Ex-Matsukata Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 May 1960 - 10 July 1960, cat. no. 79, repr.
1962
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Hakutsuru Museum, Kobe, 20 October 1962 - 5 November 1962, P-209
1962
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Art Gallery of Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya, 17 November 1962 - 9 December 1962, cat. no. 37 (当館記録による)
1982
Monet, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 9 October 1982 - 28 November 1982, cat. no. 55
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 43
2013
Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 7 December 2013 - 9 March 2014, cat. no. 76, col. repr.

Bibliography

1948
Reuterswärd, Oscar. Monet. Stockholm, 1948, p. 265, repr.
1955
La Collection Matsukata, Tokyo, Asahi- Shimbun, 1955 (Japanese), no. 17, col. repr.
1959
Mizue: a monthly review of the fine arts. no. 656, December 1959 (in Japanese), p. 23. repr.
1959
Zusetsu Sekai Bunkashi Taikei. vol. 10, Tokyo, Kadokawa Shoten, 1959, p. 225, pl. 22, repr.
1959
Mizue: a monthly review of the fine arts. no. 651, Special Number, July 1959 (in Japanese), repr.
1959
Ito, R. Monet's "Water Lilies" in the Matsukata Collection. Mizue: a monthly review of the fine arts. no. 649, June 1959 (in Japanese) , pp. 75, 77, col. repr.
1961
Tominaga, Soichi. Inshouha no Gaka tachi. Sekai Bijyutsu Zenshu. vol. 36, Tokyo, Kadokawa Shoten, 1961, p. 240, pl. 5, col. repr. (detail).
1961
Catalogue du Musée National d'Art Occidental, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1961 (Préface and Catalogue Général in Japanese and French), P-209.
1968
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 2, 1968, pp. 22-23, no. 37, repr.
1971
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 56, col. repr.
1972
Rouart, D.; Rey, J. D.; Maillard, Robert. Monet: Nymphéas. Paris, 1972, pp. 65, repr., 116.
1973
Tanaka, Hidemichi. L'inspiration artistique de Nymphéas de Monet. Bulletin Annuel du Musée National d’Art Occidental. No.6 (1971), 1973, pp. 33-43.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 40, col. repr.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 47, col. repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of Paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 191, repr.
1985
Wildenstein, Daniel. Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné. tome 4, Lausanne/ Paris, 1985, pp. 256-257, repr., 417 (lettre no. 2545); tome 5, 1991, pp. 53, 215 (lettre no. 3061).
1990
The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. 1067.
1994
Levine, Steven Z. Monet, Narcissus, and Self-reflection: The Modernist Myth of the Self. Chicago, 1994, p. 263, fig. 114.
1995
Tucker, Paul, Hayes. Claude Monet: Life and Art. New Haven/ London, 1995, pp. 203-204, repr.
1996
Wildenstein, Daniel. Monet: Catalogue raisonné. vol. 4, Cologne, Taschen, 1996, pp. 849-850, cat. no. 1800, repr. color.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 89, col. repr.

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