The "Water Lilies" is the expression and culmination of the artistic thought of Claude Monet. A wild project for a painter who wanted to explore all the variations of light in his garden in Giverny, the "Water Lilies" is displayed in two oval rooms and invite the visitor for contemplation. Just after the Great War, Monet wanted his work to take on aesthetic and poetic dimensions to offer a place of peace and of meditation to Parisians. In choosing the Orangerie of the Tuileries to house his work devoted to nature and peace, Monet hoped to create harmony between the "Water Lilies" and its enclosure. Flanked by the Seine on the south and hidden on a high terrace of the garden, the Orangerie offers a setting away from the city ideal for contemplation. The "Water Lilies" has been exhibited there since 1927. Materials: pewter with gold-finish, faux pearls, epoxy, spring-ring chain closure Chain Length: 18"