Princethorpe College, Sixth Form Centre, Rugby CV23 9PX

Tuesday 13 February, 10.30 – 11.30 am

After his gripping talk on the Sistine Chapel last year, Ross King returns to give his own thoughts on what lay behind Monet’s famous paintings of his waterlilies.

Monet began his iconic large-scale images of his water pond in Giverny at a time of personal turmoil and sadness in 1914. Then in his mid-seventies, he was one of the world’s most famous and successful painters. However, he had virtually given up painting following the deaths of both his wife and his eldest son, and a diagnosis of cataracts. Nonetheless, it was during this period of sorrow, ill-health and creative uncertainty that – as the guns roared on the Western Front – he began the most demanding and innovative paintings he had ever attempted. This illustrated lecture examines the personal and aesthetic motivations behind Monet’s immense canvases and their legacy in twentieth-century art. 

Ross King is the bestselling author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. 

View his website by clicking HERE

In tandem with his writing, Ross is an active fundraiser for the arts and a passionate lecturer and tour guide. He serves on the Council of Academic Advisors for Friends of Florence (FoF), the fundraising charity. He has lectured in many American museums, including at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Frick Collection, and the National Gallery.

We are grateful to Princethorpe College for their support of this lecture.


10am meet for coffee.

10.30 the lecture begins and it ends around 11.45.

Price per ticket: £14 including tea/biscuits on arrival

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Booking closes on 8 February 2024