Claude Monet completed The Boat at Giverny in 1887. That summer, he painted the daughters of companion Alice Hoschedé on the river in his rowboat.
In some paintings the girls are fishing; in others they simply relax in the warmth of the sun. One of the daughters, Blanche, a promising young painter, often assisted her stepfather (Monet and Alice would wed in 1892). She carried Monet's canvases, preparing his palette, or painting at his side.
In later years, Claude Monet would begin to paint an intense series of water scenes from his Giverny garden pond. See Monet's Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies in the next section.