The Water Lilies: Morning with Willows

“The temptation came to me to use this water lily theme for the decoration of a drawing room: carried along the length of the walls, enveloping the entire interior with its unity, it would produce the illusion of an endless whole, of water with no horizon and no shore; nerves exhausted by work would relax there, following the restful example of those still waters, and, to whoever entered it, the room would provide a refuge of peaceful meditation in the middle of a flowering aquarium.”

Monet quoted by Roger Marx, Les Nymphéas de M. Claude Monet, Gazette des beaux-arts, June1909, p. 529