The Water Lilies, 1889 Art Glass
By artist Claude Monet (1840-1926)
The epitome of Impressionism and part of a series displayed in museums the world over, "The Water Lilies" is one of the most recognizable and celebrated works of the 20th century. Monet was frequently heard explaining that his aim was "to capture the essence of the natural beauty around us." Art glass, also called stained glass, is created by a unique technique of fusing hand-rolled architectural glass with unique transparent enamels, then kiln fired at temperatures above 1100 degrees Fahrenheit so the colors actually becomes part of the glass. The shades and hues will stay bright and glowing with radiant color and provide a stunning view from either side. Our Design Toscano art glass window is framed in zinc with a hanging chain for window display and a tabletop easel stand to enjoy this treasured piece in any room.
9"Wx7"H. 1 lb.
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   Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Claude Monet's paintings are considered to be exemplary of the philosophy of Impressionism, which was to show one's perceptions before nature. The term Impressionism is derived from Monet's painting, Impression, Sunrise and Monet himself was a founder of French Impressionism painting.

Claude Monet was born on November 14, 1840 in Paris, but moved to the port town of Le Havre when he was 5 years old. For much of his childhood, Monet was considered by his parents and teachers to be undisciplined and, therefore, unlikely to succeed in life. He enjoyed creating caricatures and by the age of 15, was receiving commission for his work. Fellow artist Eugene Boudin taught young Monet the en plein air techniques for painting. He was the in initiator, leader and unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style that can be seen in paintings such as Bordighera. Monet's paintings such as Nympheus and Water Lilies at Giverny were inspired by his home and garden in Giverny. He was buried in a nearby cemetery after succumbing to lung cancer in 1926.

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