Claude Monet painted Bend in the Epte River near Giverny in 1888. The rare sight of the poplar trees in full flower inspired this painting.
The flickering petals of the blossoms, painted with a dabbing stroke in pale pigment, sparkle in the sun. Monet's light and subtle touch is in perfect accord with this fleeting, natural spectacle.
Just a few years later, Claude Monet would begin construction on the water garden at his own Giverny estate. Read the story of Monet's Waterlilies, night effect in the next section.
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