In 1883, Claude Monet traveled to the Netherlands, where he discovered the work of Dutch painter Johan Jongkind. Jongkind’s work inspired Monet to leave Paris and relocate to the village of Giverny, where he would live for the rest of his life. In Giverny, Monet painted some of his most famous works, including his series of paintings of the water lily pond.
Monet’s work from this period is characterized by its soft, blurred colors and its focus on light and shadow. Monet was interested in capturing the fleeting effects of light, and he often painted the same scene at different times of day in order to capture the changing light.
Monet’s work from the late 1800s and early 1900s is some of his most famous and beloved. His series of paintings of the water lily pond at his home in Giverny are particularly well-known, and Monet’s work from this period continues to inspire artists today.