Claude Monet painted La Grenouillere in 1869. La Grenouillere was a floating cafe built on a raft linked by a ramp to the Ile de Croissy on the Seine. To paint this popular resting place for boaters, Monet sat by his easel alongside that of his friend Pierre-Auguste Renoir. While Renoir concentrated on the activities of the pleasure seekers, Monet's sole interest was the sparkling effect of light reflected on the water.
On the next page, see Monet's Landscape Near Zaandam, another of the artist's marine paintings.