Underneath the famous painting Blauweregen by Claude Monet (1840-1926), one of the masterpieces of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, appears to be a painting of water lilies. This was discovered during restoration work involving X-rays, the museum reports.

‘The discovery seems to indicate that this work was an experiment by the artist, and perhaps even the first painting that Monet made in the Wisteria series. But that cannot be said with certainty, “says curator Frouke van Dijke.

‘Actually Blauweregen was already a very special canvas, there are only seven paintings by Monet with this theme in the world. Yet the water lilies are iconic for Monet. “

Center of exhibition

After restoration, the Blauweregen canvas is at the center of the ‘Monet, Gardens of Imagination’ exhibition which will open in the autumn. The X-ray with the water lilies will therefore be on public display, according to a spokeswoman for the museum. 

Photo: Gemeentemuseum The Hague