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Water Lilies
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Eugène Atget
French, Paris, about 1910
Albumen print
8 11/16 x 7 3/16 in.
90.XM.64.45

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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.