Some critics gave these Monet works lukewarm reviews, comparing the images to Japanese prints that featured the characteristic arched footbridge. Others questioned why Monet had chosen such a narrow subject. But art critic Julien Leclerq possessed the foresight to suggest that the paintings represented an unfolding idea that people would understand more over time.
A few years later, Claude Monet would create another short series of more expressive water garden paintings. See the different vantage point he took in Waterlily Pond in the next section.