Here we find loose brushwork as Monet aims to express his emotions and mood upon the canvas. He would normally sketch out the rough outlines of items within the painting before then starting to add layers of paint, one by one. This helped the different tones to merge together and form an organic finish that was entirely appropriate for most of the content that he used. He was entirely devoted to nature, be it the French countryside or the garden of his own home in Giverny, where he would also make use of his strong passion for gardening. The tones that he used were also of great interest to him, with this piece from 1917-1919 making use of his most common palette, of purples, greens and blues. He also added touches of white paint to heighten individual elements and give a sense of light striking down upon the scene.
In all, he would create around 250 different paintings from this garden, many of which were related to a number of others, where he would choose a composition style and iterate over it several times, just changing a few things each time. This was in line with his interest in studying the effect of light and weather, something that appears in several other painting series as well. He loved to sit at the same angle for hours on end, sketching or simply studying by eye as things slowly altered in front of his very eyes. His issues with eye sight in later years are believed to also have impacted his use of colour as new tones appeared for the first time and it was only later research that helped us understand the link between the two.
The artist would work hard to learn more about different types of plants as he designed and developed his garden. He would look abroad for several new species and some of these, such as bamboo, would then be implemented into the new part of his expanded garden. Somehow, it all fits together perfectly and remains one of the most popular art sites in France, with it being well preserved for future generations to enjoy, whether their passion is in Monet or actually just the area that he created. Efforts have also been made to keep it as faithful as possible to how it was originally designed, so that we can get as authentic a viewpoint as possible.