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Claude-Oscar Monet: '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.


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