“Beyond painting and gardening, I’m good for nothing…” Claude Monet famously said. Although these words may bring a smile to our lips today, the Water Lilies cycle, almost 250 paintings that the Impressionist painter produced from life in his garden in Giverny is admirable proof that he was in fact not only a genius in painting, but also an excellent observer of nature and the garden that he had created at his home in Giverny. It was here, for almost 30 years until his death, that he returned again and again to paint this theme as the seasons changed, producing these gigantic decorative panels now mounted on the walls of the Musée de l’Orangerie and promised to France as a symbol of victory through the intermediary of a friend from his youth, Georges Clemenceau, on 12 November 1918, one hundred years ago.
This virtual reality experience will be presented at the Musée de l’Orangerie from 14 November 2018 to 11 March 2019 as part of the Monet – Clemenceau collection focus, in partnership with the First World War Centenary Partnership Program. Claude Monet: The Water Lily Obsession takes the public to the locations where this work was produced, and immerses you in the process of painting this unique piece.
© Arte France, Lucid Realities, Camera lucida productions, Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Gebrueder Beetz produktion, 2018
Director: Nicolas Thépot
Associate Producer: Lucid Realities
Co-producers: Lucid Realities, Arte France, Camera lucida productions, the Public Establishment of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie.
With the support of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Fond Nouveaux Médias and the Fonds transmédia de la Ville de Paris.
This project has been designated a “Centenary” project, certified by the First World War Centenary Partnership.
This virtual reality space is presented in partnership with the HTC VIVE.
Practical information: Three 360° viewing stations, including two seated. 12 years and over