It became clear from a young age that Monet had a gift, and would inevitably pursue an art career. Although he loved art and showed a great aptitude for it, he was bored by the formalities of the academic art training.
In 1874, frustrated with their constant rejection from the Paris Salon, a group of artists rganized their own exhibition. It was here that name "Impressionism" was born, thanks to Monet's Impression, Sunrise (1872).
Monet moved to Giverny in 1883. He rented a house, the garden of which would inspire many of his paintings for the next 40 years. Monet became obsessed with turning the garden into a paradise in which he could paint.
Monet’s Water Lilies series was started in 1914, during the beginning of the First World War. Monet was fighting his own battle at home during this time, as his first son Jean passed away in the same year.
In his eight-paneled Water Lilies series, one can see the strong command over color that he possessed. The series shows a progression of time, and thus various lighting such as in Water Lilies – Morning (1926) and TheWater Lilies – Setting Sun (1926).
Monet wished to portray an endless loop of time, progressing from morning to sunset. The two rooms where the works were displayed were constructed in such a way, as per Monet’s wishes, that they form an infinity sign.