Special Guest: The Water Lily Pond (Clouds)

The Water Lily Pond (Clouds), is one of over two-hundred and fifty canvases created by Claude Monet depicting painted gardens and natural subjects. For decades, the artist's well-known focus on water lilies was solidified with his move to Giverny, France, in 1883. There he constructed a special pond for the aquatic flowers, with a Japanese foot bridge at one end and waited for growth to mature to a suitable lushness before depicting the pond on canvas.

In The Water Lily Pond (Clouds), the blooms appear to drift over a vast inverted sky with clouds that appear closer to the viewer than the water itself, which is why at a 1917 auction in which the picture was sold, viewers believed the canvas had been hung upside down.

This loan was made possible through a reciprocal exchange with The Dallas Museum of Art. The Norton Museum’s masterpiece by Paul Gauguin, Christ in the Garden of Olives will be featured at the DMA as part of the Van Gogh and the Olive Groves exhibition on view October 17, 2021 – February 6, 2022 in Dallas, TX.

The Norton’s presentation was organized by Robert Evren, Consulting Curator, European Art. Monet's The Waterlily Pond (Clouds) will remain on view at the Norton until Feb. 6, 2022.

Special Guests 

This series highlights exceptional works of art from public and private collections on view for an extended period

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art. 

Located in Baum Gallery 

The Norton Museum of Art COVID-19 Policies


The health and safety of our guests is a top priority for the Norton Museum. Beginning October 1, 2021, guests (ages 12+) visiting the Norton Museum of Art will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 professionally administered PCR test taken within 72 hours; or a negative COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test conducted within 24 hours; OR voluntarily show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (together with a valid photo ID for ages 18+). 
"At-home” COVID-19 tests are not accepted. Professionally administered tests only.

Masks are required at all times regardless of negative tests or vaccination status,
except when visiting the Museum Garden or while actively eating or drinking in The Restaurant or Great Hall

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