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Water Lilies by Eugène Atget
Water Lilies by Eugène Atget

Water Lilies, 1910

Eugène Atget

You can’t look at this sensuous, saturated photograph of thick lily pads and water lilies floating on a still pool without recalling Claude Monet's famous Impressionist paintings of water lilies, which were created only a few years before this photograph. As a photographer specializing in “documents for artists,” Atget had to try to predict what types of images would be useful to artists as stand-ins for preliminary sketches. Atget may even have created this image in response to the enormous popularity of Monet's water lily paintings.

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