The Water-Lily Pond

In 1883 Monet moved to Giverny where he lived until his death. There, on the grounds of his property, he created a water garden 'for the purpose of cultivating aquatic plants', over which he built an arched bridge in the Japanese style.

In 1899, once the garden had matured, the painter undertook 17 views of the motif under differing light conditions. Surrounded by luxuriant foliage, the bridge is seen here from the pond itself, among an artful arrangement of reeds and willow leaves.

Stereoscopic view of Monet in his garden at Giverny
Etienne Clémentel, Stereoscopic view of Monet in his garden at Giverny
photograph
© Musée d'Orsay, Dist RMN/Patrice Schmidt 

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1840 - 1926
Full title
The Water-Lily Pond
Date made
1899
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
88.3 x 93.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1927
Inventory number
NG4240
Location in Gallery