Produced by Sacha Guitry for his project Ceux de Chez Nous, or “Those of Our Land.” This footage was shot in the summer of 1915. It was not the best time in Monet’s life. His second wife and eldest son had both died in the previous few years, meanwhile his eyesight was getting progressively worse due to cataracts. Despite the emotional and physical setbacks, Monet would soon rebound, making the last decade of his life (he died in 1926 at the age of 86) an extremely productive period in which he painted many of his most famous studies of water lilies.
At the beginning of the film clip we see Guitry and Monet talking with each other. Then Monet paints on a large canvas beside a lily pond. It’s a shame the camera doesn’t show the painting Monet is working on, but it’s fascinating to see the great artist all clad in white, a cigarette dangling from his lips, painting in his lovely garden. [via: Open Culture]