Under the famous painting ‘Wisteria’ by the painter 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 painting, Monet made only seven with this theme as far as we know. Yet his water lilies are iconic for Monet. That there are water lilies under our ‘Wisteria’ makes this canvas extra special and moreover lets a number of puzzle pieces fall into place in the life story of our audience favorite”
After restoration, the Blauweregen canvas is at the center of the “Monet, Gardens of Imagination” exhibition that opens in the fall.
The X-ray with the water lilies will therefore be on public display, according to a spokeswoman for the museum.