Claude Monet painted The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil in 1880. After his wife Camille's death, friend Alice Hoschedé stayed with Monet, and they raised their children together as one large family.
Monet cultivated a garden in Vétheuil and painted their youngest children together on a path flanked by giant sunflowers. The dominant complementary colors, heightened by the rapid manner in which he dabbed his paint on the canvas, create a sense of movement across the canvas as if the flowers are stirred by a warm summer breeze.
Monet also took a more traditional approach to floral painting with several still lifes. See his work titled Bouquet of Sunflowers in the next section.