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Claude Oscar Monet moved to Giverny in 1883 with his family – his wife Alive Hoschedé and their numerous combined children. This was a difficult time for the artist, for his wife Camille had passed away, and he now had a much larger family to maintain. Monet found a house with a garden, where he stayed for the rest of his life, as he sought to distance himself from the big cities. Many other Impressionists moved to the countryside as well, with the same state of mind – some of which visited and portrayed Monet’s garden, like Pierre Auguste Renoir.
Not long after their move to Giverny, Monet gained visibility for his body of work and was able to sell many paintings in Europe and the United States of America. Because of his new financial stability, the artist was able to create the garden of any painter would dream of seeing. He hired many gardeners to maintain his living masterpiece, as well as housekeepers to help at his home and with his kids. Later, he installed a pond with a Japanese bridge going over it – a theme that repeated in a large series of paintings, including Water Lilies: Clouds.
The Impressionists greatly admired the Japanese culture and art, as they collected many Japanese woodcut prints that came to Europe. The prints done in the technique called Ukiyo-e worked with themes of beautiful nature and familiar subjects of the daily life. Monet and his fellow artist friends enjoyed basking in a different aesthetic influence than the ones of the Classic Greek art.
In the portrayal Water Lilies: Clouds, Monet chose to show only the water and doesn’t include the bridge. The painter had problems with authorities, for he imported exotic water lilies from North Africa and South America – to have beautiful blossoming lilies to observe and paint. The pond reflects the green vegetation around it, as well as the blue and violet sky, along with the clouds. Europe was experiencing a change in time, where things happened at a quicker pace, and materialism was rising. The Japanese woodcut prints brought along a stillness and a connection to nature of cultural importance. The Impressionists embraced this state of mind, and this reflected in their work.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Water Lilies: Clouds, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Water Lilies: Clouds that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
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If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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