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Water: Les Nymphéas Blancs
(The White Waterlilies), by Claude Monet.

Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: K-8 | Age: 5-14 | Written by: Colleen Carroll

Art Appreciation Points of Discussion
Excerpted from How Artists See Elements by Colleen Carroll.
Water: Les Nymphéas Blancs (The White Waterlilies), by Claude Monet.

About the Artwork

The pond in this picture of a lush garden is a quiet home to many types of living things, including the waterlilies that float in clusters on its surface. So many plants fill the pond that the dark water is almost completely covered.

In between the flowers, there are brush strokes of green, white, and yellow paint. What do you think they represent?

If you were looking into the water, what would you see?

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The Elements: Earth Air Fire Water
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