Claude Monet completed Women at the Garden at Ville d'Avray in 1867. Determined to paint outdoors on a grand scale, Monet dug a trench and used a pulley to raise and lower this huge canvas of four women in a sun-drenched garden.
With the light dappling patterns on the women's fashionable gowns, the work expressed an urbane spirit, prompting French journalist Emile Zola to declare Monet had an exacting eye for contemporary life. Monet's partner, Camille, posed for the three figures on the left.
For his next work, Monet not only captured another beautiful outdoor scene, but also visible movement in Garden at Sainte-Adresse, shown on the following page.