Documentary presented in conjunction with the Monet – Clemenceau collection focus.
November 1918. As a celebration of new-found peace after the First World War, Monet asked Clemenceau to offer the series he was painting at the time, the Water Lilies, to the French State. Thus began the story of the Water Lilies, which were only installed in the Musée de l'Orangerie nine years later, following Monet’s death in 1926. A symbolic gift to the French State and the result of a profound friendship between the ‘Tiger’ and the artist, the democrat and the solitary man, the orator and the visionary.
This documentary revisits a dual quest, both political and artistic, through the prism of this friendship. What was the common ground between the landscape artist who resolutely remained aloof from public policy and institutions, and the eloquent man of action, driven by an enduring faith in the State, who contributed to shaping the face of the French Republic? The story of an unusual encounter between two men caught in the same century.
Director: François Prodromidès (2018)
A joint production by ARTE France / Zadig Productions, in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie
Screening in the Musée de l'Orangerie auditorium until 28 February 2019.