Water-Lilies, Setting Sun

Here Monet looks down at the surface of the pond, in his water garden at Giverny. 'Bending over the magic mirror' of the canvas, in the words of Marcel Proust, we see the pink and yellow rays of the setting sun shimmering on the still surface of the pond, and the inverted reflection of a weeping willow over which water-lilies float. Monet kept the painting until 1923 when, circumstantial evidence suggests, he may have reworked it.

Key facts

Artist dates
1840 - 1926
Full title
Water-Lilies, Setting Sun
Date made
about 1907
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
73 x 92.7 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury, 2006
Inventory number
Location in Gallery