Nimphee by Claude Monet was painted in 1926 and is viewed as being one of the greatest paintings of all time. Monet was a founder of French impressionist painting. Nimphee represents two of Monet’s greatest achievements: his gardens at Giverny and the paintings they inspired. Monet’s ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons.
He was committed to painting directly from nature as much as possible and whenever weather permitted, sometimes working simultaneously on eight or more canvases a day. Monet’s project to capture ever-shifting atmospheric conditions came to be a hallmark of the Impressionist style.