The National Gallery, London
When he was younger, Monet had said that he would never go to Venice, one of the most painted cities in the world, but after a few weeks he was already planning another trip to return. He felt in this relatively short stay he could not work seriously, and considered his 1908 paintings as a way to hold on to his memory of the city.
The trip to Venice was to be Monet’s last outside France. After finishing and exhibiting the pictures in 1912, Monet – now a widower and struggling with both grand projects and failing eyesight – concentrated on painting his beloved water garden at his home in Giverny, Normandy where he remained until his death in 1926.