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CLAUDE MONET
The Water Lily obsession

A VR experience & 360° video 
directed by Nicolas Thépot

In 1883 painter Claude Monet first rented a house in the French town of Giverny. After purchasing the property and adjoining land, the artist transformed an existing small pond into a water garden with water lilies and a Japanese-style bridge from which he could observe the water and the flowers. From 1899 to 1926, Monet painted more than 250 scenes devoted to the water lily theme, which became what he himself called “an obsession.”

Through a dialogue between Claude Monet and his old friend, stateman George Clemenceau, this contemplative VR experience invites you on a sensory journey starting off in Claude Monet’s garden, stopping along the way at the workshop of the artist and ending in the exhibition rooms of the Orangerie Museum. You relive a perpetual renewal of nature, to explore time and space while immersed in the Water lilies paintings.

This experience is the first episode of the Arte Trips collection,
an immersive series in major works of art, co-produced by ARTE.

The VR experience, ‘Claude Monet – The Water Lily obsession’ can be viewed
at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris until 13th March 2019. With the support of Vive Arts.

Length Real-time 3D: 8′ / Length 360° Video: 5’
Original music: George Lepauw (International Beethoven project)
French actors: Georges Claisse (Claude Monet), Didier Bénureau (Georges Clémenceau)
English actors: Geoffrey Bateman (Claude Monet), Peter Hudson (Georges Clémenceau)
Executive producer: Chloé Jarry
Production manager: Alessandra Bogi
Graphic creation & development: Hugo Arcier, Studio N°130
Sound design: Thomas Couchard, NOVELAB
Coproducers ARTE France, Lucid Realities, Camera lucida productions, Musées d’Orsay Et de L’Orangerie, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
With the support of CNC – Fonds Nouveaux Médias, Fonds Transmédia de la Ville de Paris
Distribution: Lucid Realities
Nicolas Thépot


Author and Director of the series Orsay en mouvements, Musée d’Orsay-Camera lucida, 2017
. Co-conceptor and Director of VOXPOP (26 mn weekly) – Arte since 2014 / info.arte.tv/fr/vox-pop
 Designer and Director of L’Œil de Links (26 mn weekly) Canal+ since 2010 / canalplus.fr/loeildelinks
 From 1998, at Gédéon, directed clips, shorts programs, and design (France2, France3, TV3, TV5 Monde)

Nicolas Thépot


Author, director, art director
I am on the verge of finishing two decorative panels which I want to sign on Victory day, and am writing to ask you if they could be offered to the State with you acting as intermediary.
by Claude Monet (November 11th 1918)

Voilà un cercle vertueux entre une exposition classique, une innovation VR et un chef-d’oeuvre de l’impressionnisme !

Marie-Anne Kleiber
Le Journal du Dimanche

Step into Claude Monet’s world with this immersive VR exploration of “Water Lilies“

Smithsonian Mag

Une petite merveille de réalité virtuelle !

Charlotte Ullmann
Beaux Arts Magazine

Découvrez l’atelier de Claude Monet à Giverny comme vous ne l’avez jamais vu !

Christine Siméone
France Inter

Cuando la tecnología y el arte se unen pasan cosas tan maravillosas

Andrea Antolin Garcia
Elle Decor