In 1883 Monet moved to a home at Giverny, northwest of Paris. He eventually bought the property and planted his famous gardens. One of their most notable elements was the lily pond with a Japanese bridge. Its shimmering surface became a frequent and even larger subject of his paintings. In this water landscape Monet excludes the shoreline and depicts only the water's surface and reflections of trees at the pond's edge, thus giving the viewer an ambiguous, floating perspective.
Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)
Nympheas, Water Landscape, 1907
Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 36 1/4 in.
Bequest of Anne Parrish Titzell, 1957.622
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT