Flood Waters

The river seen here flooding the meadows around Giverny is the Epte, a tributary of the Seine. Monet painted it in the autumn of 1896 as heavy rains transformed the countryside into a startling mirror-like surface. The Epte runs through Giverny, where the artist had settled in 1883. 10 years later Monet diverted the tributary in order to create his water garden.

Key facts

Artist dates
1840 - 1926
Full title
Flood Waters
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
71 x 91.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1958
Inventory number
Location in Gallery