Claude Monet painted The Artist's Garden at Giverny in 1900. When he purchased the Giverny estate, Monet completely redesigned the flower garden that already existed in front of the house. He became passionate about surrounding his home with flowers, and his preference for blue and violet flowers inspired him to plant most of his spring beds with irises.
When the flowers bloomed, Monet painted them with short, thick strokes of pure pigment. In this painting he creates the floating effect of the iris beds, described by a visitor as a haze of lilac in the sun.
Outside his estate, Claude Monet roamed the rolling hills of Giverny seeking lush displays of color to paint. See Poppy Field in a Hollow in the next section.