Thursday, 23 September 2010

‘Water-Lily Pond’ - Claude Monet


The Water-Lily Pond (Le Bassin aux Nymphes), Calude Monet, 883mm x 931mm, 1899

Now this is actually pretty cool.

In my mailbox this morning was a picture of the Mona Lisa, and another of Claude Monet’s Water-Lily Pond.  Not full-size pictures, you understand, but bigger than A4, and faithfully reproduced on a canvas simulacram.  These are nicely done.

The offer is one of those complicated Reader’s-Digest type of “send-in-this-lucky-coupon-now” pieces of runaround, but what it boils down to is that if you somehow contrive to get on their mailing list and then either make the right cancellations or the right payments at the right time, you can get several of these very fine prints for very little .

They have a website at, and you can apparently phone them on 0800-446291 if you want to get in on this.  I’ll leave the rest to you, including deciding whether or not you want to.

In the meantime, I invite you to enlarge and then stare at Claude’s painting for a few minutes. If it doesn’t come to life while you’re staring at it, I’d almost* pay for your prints myself. Because, by Galt, the old bugger knew what he was about.

* I said “almost,” alright!

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