Claude Monet’s “The Water Lily Pond,,” painted in 1904. Courtesy Denver Art Museum

An iconic masterpiece by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet will be on special display at the San Diego Museum of Art beginning June 24.

“The Water Lily Pond,” painted in 1904, is one of the best known examples of some 250 studies of the lily pond in his garden in Giverny, France, at different times of the day and in various weather conditions.

The canvas, on loan from the Denver Art Museum, will be on display with another well-known work by Monet, “The Church at Varengeville, Morning Effect,” and four Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art from the San Diego museum’s permanent collection

“I want the unobtainable. Other artists paint a bridge, a house, a boat, and that’s the end. They are finished. I want to paint the air which surrounds the bridge, the house, the boat, the beauty of the air in which these objects are located, and that is nothing short of impossible,” Monet said of his work.

The special exhibition will be in the museum’s Gluck Gallery on the second floor. It extends through Jan. 21.

The museum in Balboa Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It’s closed Wednesday.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.