- Associated Press - Sunday, January 9, 2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Museum of Art is lending a painting of water lilies by Claude Monet to museums in Missouri, where it will join two companion paintings for the first time in more than 30 years.

The painting will be on loan over the next year to the St. Louis Art Museum and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

The Plain Dealer reports that the three paintings measure 42 feet wide when together and were created by Monet as a trio but sold separately after his death in 1926.

The shows will run from April 9 to Aug. 7 in Kansas City and from September to next January in St. Louis.

All three paintings will be in Cleveland in 2015 as part of an exhibit planned for the museum’s 2016 centennial celebration.

The paintings were last together in 1980, when they toured the same three cities.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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