Top: Pond water
Heart: Maté, Lily of the Valley, Lotus
Base: Vetiver, Oakmoss
Nymphéas (Water Lilies) is a series of roughly 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet, depicting the artist’s renowned garden ponds at his home in Giverny. Painted over the last thirty years of Monet’s life—as his vision progressively blurred due to cataracts—‘Water Lilies’ is an extended study on the interplay of light, color, and reflection on water, testifying to nature’s constant transformation and ephemerality.
Inspired by Monet’s great cycle, Nymphéas (Water Lilies) is a floral fragrance exploring ambiguity, impermanence, and blurred perception. Solar water lily notes hover over lily of the valley, jasmine, and aquatic pond water which, in turn, mingle with earthy scents of vetiver, oak moss, and maté. Embracing olfaction’s ever-shifting subtleties, Nymphéas (Water Lilies) evokes the uncanny experience of familiarity with the unfamiliar—it’s like being in love.
“These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession for me. It is beyond my strength as an old man, and yet I want to render what I feel.”