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Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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In 1890 Monet bought the house at Giverny, north-west of Paris, where he lived for the rest of his life. In 1893 he purchased a large pond nearby, which he transformed into a water garden. From 1899 he became increasingly fascinated by the pond, its footbridge and the waterlilies (nymphéas) floating on its surface. Between 1903 and 1908 Monet painted his second series of water garden paintings. This is the earliest and most descriptive of the three ‘Waterlilies’ purchased by Gwendoline Davies in Paris in 1913.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 81.9 x W 101 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2484

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Gwendoline Davies, 1951

Work type


Inscription description

Stretcher: Label:(inscribed) Monet no.10264 Les nympheas, paysage d'eau, serie 1905 6 nbclcb Inscribed: 7600 DR 102611 19889 Label: (typed) MONET. Les Nympheas (3) Label: (inscribed) No.79889 el offonet nympheas (1905) Label: (Remains of a James Bourlet Label) 17 & 18 Nassau St. LONDON W1 Signed and dated: (bottom left) claude Monet 1905


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