Claude Monet painted Waterlilies, night effect from 1897 to 1898. He began the construction of his water garden in 1893 and, with a gardener's patience, waited several years as the new plantings took root and water lilies bloomed.
Monet did not paint the garden until 1897, when he produced a set of studies of the flowers as they floated on the surface of the pond. The contrast of the luminous pale petals and the nearly opaque water intrigued him, but he set the studies aside, uncertain how to proceed with his subject.
Claude Monet's desire to paint water scenes often brought him and his children to the river in Giverny. See Monet's The Boat at Giverny in the next section.