[Water Lilies]

Object Details

Title:

[Water Lilies]

Artist/Maker(s):

Eugène Atget (French, 1857 - 1927)

Culture:

French

Date:

1890 - 1910

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

22.1 x 18.3 cm (8 11/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

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Thick lily pads and water lilies floating on this still pool evoke images of Claude Monet's Impressionist paintings, which were made in his garden at Giverny only a few years prior to this photograph. As a photographer specializing in "documents for artists," Eugène Atget had to try and predict what types of images would be useful to artists as stand-ins for preliminary sketches. Atget may even have created this image in response to the popularity of Monet's numerous water lily paintings.

Exhibitions
The Man in the Street: Eugène Atget in Paris (June 20 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 20 to October 8, 2000
Bibliography

Baldwin, Gordon. In Focus: Eugène Atget; Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000) pl. 20.