So why did A.-G. Poulain write in the Museum’s inventory:
"The Water lilies, oil on canvas by Claude Monet, painter-artist living in Giverny near Vernon" ...
...as the time when Monet was a simple "painter-artist" was long gone, and Giverny’s fame was far surpassing that of the nearby towns?
Once framed, the painting was hung on the picture-rails of the Museum, located at the time in the Wedding Room of the Town Hall. In 1939, it was moved to the church in Houlbec-Cocherel, and was moved back only after the end of war.
Since the conversion of the police station into a museum (1983), it has been permanently on display in the room dedicated to artists from Giverny.
Monet’s donation encouraged other artists to do the same: his American "son-in-law", Theodore Earl Butler, offered his painting Paysage au bord de l’eau [Landscape] (inv. 26.3.1) In 1964, Michel Monet, the artist’s heir, offered The cliffs of Pourville at sunset (Claude Monet, inv. 64.4.1) to the town of Vernon in memory of his father’s donation, forty years before.
The year after it was produced, the painting was presented in an exhibition on Monet’s ‘Water lilies’ organized by the merchant Durand-Ruel in his Parisian gallery, and left once again for Paris a year later.
This was because Gustave Geffroy, an old friend of the artist and Director of the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins [tapestry manufacturers], wanted to make a tapestry of it and two other paintings from the ‘Water lilies’ series.
Placed in wooden frames made by Henri Rapin, these tapestries were displayed to the public in 1913 before being sold.
The tapestry based on the Vernon tondo is now part of a private collection.