For most of the water lily paintings of 1905, Claude Monet used a square canvas, depicting the pond surface from edge to edge. The pale lilies chart their random course over the waters, clustering together into single rafts of leaves and blossoms and then spreading off in different directions at the whim of the moving water.
Like the lilies, Monet's glance skimmed over the pond, and his observations revealed his discoveries about the nature of water in his 1906 painting Water Lilies.
Claude Monet's The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice was painted in spite of Monet's exhaustion and difficulty with his eyesight. Go to the next section to see Monet's The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.