“Water Lilies” (detail). Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Oil on canvas, 39 3/4 x 78 3/4 in., 1919. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1998, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 1998.325.2
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Regarding Nature: Claude Monet

The Met Store celebrates the great French Impressionist—and horticulturist—with a birthday bouquet

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) is renowned for his evocative landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, more than 40 of which can be found in The Met collection. His canvases in the Museum span his entire career, from early paintings he made as an aspiring artist—such as the 1864 character study, Dr. Leclenché—to the glorious water-lily paintings he created toward the end of his life (featured above).

In particular, his work expressed his love of nature and the out-of-doors, where he dedicated his efforts to capturing the effects of light. In The Monets in the Metropolitan Museum, the art historian Douglas Cooper wrote: “…Monet consciously attempted to create through the medium of oil paint an equivalent of our highly complex visual and temporal sensations by recording the same motif in different lights and weathers at different times of the day and year.” In a 1912 letter, Monet himself said, “All I know is that I do as I think I should to express what I experience in front of nature…”

Many Met Store customers love our products that reimagine the artist’s floral and garden-related imagery. Though the number of still lifes he painted is relatively few, both his spectacular Bouquet of Sunflowers (1881) and Chrysanthemums (1882) are Met visitor favorites. The sunny yellow flowers feature in our glass coasters, below.

Left: “Bouquet of Sunflowers” (detail). Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Oil on canvas, 39 3/4 x 32 in., 1881. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 29.100.107 Right: Floral Still Life Coasters

Our shimmering wool, silk, and viscose–blend shawl features an interpretation of Monet’s 1917 The Path through the Irises. This stunning wrap (shown below, right) has garnered a host of customer compliments, such as “vibrant,” “subtle weave and texture,” and “absolutely gorgeous.”

Left: “The Path through the Irises” (detail). Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Oil on canvas, 78 7/8 x 70 7/8 in., 1914–17. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 2001, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 2001.202.6 Right: Monet Path through the Irises Shawl

Our unique home and office items showcasing Claude Monet’s work include best-selling posters, 2019 calendars, magnets, art supplies, and other singular choices. The new calendar below features several works by the artist.

Monet’s work can be found reproduced in our unique range of stationery, wall art, and art supplies.

Another popular item among our selection of imaginative textiles is our chic oblong scarf in 100% silk (below right) that reproduces a detail from Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, painted in 1899.

Left: “Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies” (detail). Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Oil on canvas, 36 1/2 x 29 in., 1899. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929 29.100.113 Right: Monet Bridge and Water Lilies Scarf

And for bookworms and cooks, the fascinating exhibition catalogue Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence (below left) details the 19th-century mania for horticulture that gripped Monet and his fellow French citizens, while The Monet Cookbook presents 60 of the artist’s recipes collected from his verdant home and garden in Giverny, outside Paris.

Whatever your taste, these offerings—and more—pay homage to the great Claude Monet, who was born in Paris on this day in 1840. Shop our range of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist–related items here.

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