Claude Monet favored irises throughout his life, as reflected in his 1914-17 work, Irises by the Pond. He had them planted in the water garden along a serpentine path and in random clusters near the edge of the pond.
The sinuous quality of his brush stroke describes their tall stalks and whiplash foliage, and the lightness of that stroke suggests a breeze stirring the surrounding leaves and reeds. The blossoms of the flowers are quickly dabbed in with short strokes of pure pigment.
Water Lily Pond with Irises by Claude Monet is arranged in such a way that the imagery of the paintings flows from canvas to canvas seamlessly. Learn more about Monet's Water Lily Pond with Irises in the next section.