It was in Giverny that Claude Monet began the Water Lilies series, in 1895. From 1914, working in a specially designed studio, he undertook the huge fresco that he bequeathed to France in 1918, to commemorate the return of peace. With the support of his friend Georges Clemenceau, he supervised the interior remodelling of the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, where visitors can admire his eight compositions, each 2 metres high.
The Water Lilies series was the largest pictorial work by Monet, taking more than a quarter of a century to complete. It was also in Giverny that the artist produced some five hundred pictures of his famous lily pond. Today, these works can be found in the world’s greatest museums.