Special Guest: The Water Lily Pond (Clouds)

The Water Lily Pond (Clouds), is one of over two-hundred and fifty canvases created by Claude Monet depicting painted gardens and natural subjects. For decades, the artist's well-known focus on water lilies was solidified with his move to Giverny, France, in 1883. There he constructed a special pond for the aquatic flowers, with a Japanese foot bridge at one end and waited for growth to mature to a suitable lushness before depicting the pond on canvas.

In The Water Lily Pond (Clouds), the blooms appear to drift over a vast inverted sky with clouds that appear closer to the viewer than the water itself, which is why at a 1917 auction in which the picture was sold, viewers believed the canvas had been hung upside down.

This loan was made possible through a reciprocal exchange with The Dallas Museum of Art. The Norton Museum’s masterpiece by Paul Gauguin, Christ in the Garden of Olives will be featured at the DMA as part of the Van Gogh and the Olive Groves exhibition on view October 17, 2021 – February 6, 2022 in Dallas, TX.

The Norton’s presentation was organized by Robert Evren, Consulting Curator, European Art. Monet's The Waterlily Pond (Clouds) will remain on view at the Norton until Feb. 6, 2022.

Special Guests 

This series highlights exceptional works of art from public and private collections on view for an extended period

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art. 

Located in Baum Gallery 

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Current Health and Safety Policies:


The CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level for Palm Beach County is currently High. In response to this, the following general policies are in effect at the Norton: 

  • Masks are mandatory indoors throughout the Museum campus (ages 2+), regardless of negative tests or vaccination status, except while eating or drinking. Masks are provided upon request. 

  • Temperature taking is required upon entering the Museum. Visitors with a temperature of 100.4 F or above will not be admitted. 

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  • Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing, maintaining 6 feet of space from others. 

  • For the safety of all visitors and the Museum’s staff and volunteers, the Norton encourages visitors to get vaccinated and boosted in accordance with CDC guidance, though this is not required for admission. 

Please note that the Norton’s COVID-19 policies remain subject to change as circumstances evolve. Visit norton.org/covid-19 for the most up-to-date information. 

The Museum will continue to conduct heightened cleaning and sanitation and will continue to provide mask to visitors who request them.

These policies are informed by guidance and recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other authoritative or controlling government-issued health standards 

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