Water lilies

Conserved in the Alphonse Georges Poulain Museum in Vernon, this painting, whose full title is Water lilies, blue reflections, dates from 1908.
It belongs to the period when Monet was gradually moving away from representions of the banks of the lily pond in order to focus on the description of the water surface, a moving mirror in which the movement of the vegetation, the trees, the flowers and the water lilies is permanently reflected.
The horizon has totally disappeared and the water lilies are floating among the reflections of the trees on the banks, in a harmony of blue and green tones. The almost imperceptible movement of the water is conveyed through thin and smooth paint, which quivers slightly on the canvas thanks to the constant juxtaposition of light touches of green and blue.