Water Lily Pool by Claude Monet
Some critics gave these Monet works lukewarm reviews, comparing the images to Japanese prints that featured the characteristic arched footbridge. Others questioned why Monet had chosen such a narrow subject. But art critic Julien Leclerq possessed the foresight to suggest that the paintings represented an unfolding idea that people would understand more over time.
A few years later, Claude Monet would create another short series of more expressive water garden paintings. See the different vantage point he took in Waterlily Pond in the next section.