Irises

This painting probably evolved alongside Monet’s 'grandes décorations' in his vast purpose-built studio at Giverny. This bird’s eye view, possibly from the Japanese bridge, shows a winding path near the pool, bordered with lush irises. Monet applied thick purples, blues and greens using bold, even crude strokes. The effects were possibly induced by double cataracts which altered his vision.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1840 - 1926
Full title
Irises
Date made
about 1914-17
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
200.7 x 149.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1967
Inventory number
NG6383
Location in Gallery