Undoubtedly one of the world’s great painters, Oscar-Claude Monet was the French painter that helped found, and gave the name to, the impressionist art movement. Impressionism has, as its central philosophy, the idea that art should take human perception, especially of nature, as a defining quality. They’re almost like snapshots, taking into account the interplay of light on the subject, and taking less formal perspectives.
One of Monet’s great passions was his garden in Giverny, Northern France, which had a huge garden with a water-lily pond. As a result, he took water lilies as a subject, producing over 250 paintings of them in the last 30 years of his life. They sit in many museums around the world, occasionally coming up for auction as well, where they attract huge attention, and massive sale prices, up to a staggering $54m.