Water Lilies

Water Lilies Art Inspiration

Water Lilies by Jennifer Empey

Exploring Art at the National Gallery of Australia






Impression Sunrise


was being exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia.

So, we attended the exhibition whilst we were in Canberra.

It included art works from the Musee Marmottan Monet of Paris.


Make sure when you visit to check what's on.

The hours are daily 9am to 5pm. For more details about visiting National Gallery of Australia.



Monet at National Art Gallery Canberra

Entrance at the National Gallery of Australia


Monet: Impression Sunrise



The Paintings


The painting depictions include:


  • sunrises
  • sunsets
  • water lilies
  • waterlily pond
  • city scapes
  • rural landscapes
  • seascapes
  • boats
  • windmills
  • snow effects
  • trains
  • boats
  • haystacks
  • bridges
  • beaches
  • ports
  • evening effects
  • pink effects
  • moonlight
  • spring
  • apple trees



The star attraction of the exhibition was Monet's painting Impression Sunrise.


As a result of a 1874 exhibition by a group of artists in Paris. Impression Sunrise was subject to comment which led to the group being labeled Impressionists.


You can see his painting face-to-face.

Be close up to the textures and brushstrokes.

Let the art inspire you in the creating your photography.


Are you inspired by Impressionism artwork?

Which era of artwork draws you in?


The Artists


At the Monet: Impression Sunrise, the artists and some of their paintings which were exhibited are:

  • Claude Monet
    • Impression Sunrise
    • Water Lilies
    • The Waterlily Pond
    • Waterloo Bridge
    • The Train in the Snow
    • The Seine at Port-Villez
    • Creuse Valley, evening effect
    • The Sailing Boat, evening effect
    • Snow Effect, Sunset
    • Les Tuileries
    • On the Beach at Trouville
    • Haystacks, midday
    • The Japanese Bridge
  • J. M. W. Turner
    • Stormy Sea with Dolphins
    • Inverary Pier
    • Alnwick Castle
    • Cowes Regatta
    • Scarborough Town and Castle 
    • Le Havre: Sunset in the Port
    • The Quayside and Tower of Francois I
    • High Force, Fall of the Trees, Yorkshire
    • Norham Castle
    • Inverary Pier, Loch Fyne: Morning
  • Eugene Boudin
    • The Port of Antwerp seen from the Northern Citadel
    • Le Havre, Sunset at Low Tide
    • Le Havre, Eure Basin
  • Johan Barthold Jongkind
    • End of the Day in Holland
    • Sunset in Holland
    • Moonlight on a Canal, Holland
  • Alfred Sisley
    • Spring near Paris
    • Apple Trees in Blossom
  • Berthe Morisot
    • At the Ball
  • Joseph Wright
  • Ernest Quost
  • James McNeill Whistler
  • Gustave Courbet
  • Eugene Delacroix
    • Cliffs near Dieppe
  • Charles Daubigny
  • Camille Corot


You can view the Monet: Impression Sunrise paintings of the exhibition virtually.

Which artist attracts you?


My favorite is JMW Turner. His style inspires me in my creations of turning my photography into art.


Do you look for exhibitions in your area?

And, do you look for exhibitions when making travel plans?



This was the second Monet exhibition we had visited. Last time, the exhibition was Monet's Garden  You would find his paintings include water lilies, flowers, and scenes in his garden.


Have you been to a Monet art exhibition?

And, have you visited Monet's Garden in Giverny? It's found west of Paris.


Water Lilies Pond

Water Lilies by Jennifer Empey

Water Lilies remind me of the artist Claude Monet.

Monet painted scenes of water lilies. In his garden, he grew water lilies.

In spring you will find blooms in the gardens and on the nature strips.

Spring can motivate you to venture out and find some water lilies to photograph and create art.

You will find the water lilies hiding in between tall weeds. Look further around and look for the ideal areas to find them. Like, see them in rock gardens.

In the rock pools, you can find water lilies floating. Some are opened up wide. Whereas, others are closed bulbs, waiting to bloom.

Then, you will see some water lilies form together in groups. And, others are water lilies floating solo.

In post-production, you can apply different textures and techniques to bring these lilies into the world of photography art.

Be inspired by Monet and his garden to turn photographing water lilies into art.

Photographing Water Lilies



Water Lilies Art in a room mockup
Water Lilies Art Inspiration

Water Lilies by Jennifer Empey



Map: National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia Map
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