Claude Monet‘s (1840-1926) impressionist masterpiece paintings of lilies are part of the quintessential museum experience in today’s day and age, and mindlessness can be to blame if one forgets from time to time that these iconic works didn’t just appear out of thin air. It’s hard to imagine the world of art without them. So it makes it all the more fascinating to watch this incredible footage above from 1915 of Monet painting his lilies in his backyard. What’s more, in the two other clips below filmed the exact same year, we get to see both Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) busy at work in their respective studios. It’s astonishing to watch these masters at work, considering how each of them in their own unique way changed the course of modern art forever. (Source: Kottke)

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