Begun in 1896, Monet's Mornings on the Seine series, the painting was not completed until 1897 because of inclement weather. Having patiently scouted out views along the river, Monet then painted the pictures from a boat that he had converted into a floating studio. For an extended period, he rose by dawn in order to paint the changing effects of light as the sun came up. He then lined up the canvases on easels in his studio to complete them together as a series. Fifteen were shown at the Galerie Georges Petit in 1898.
What is Gallery Wrap? A gallery-wrap canvas does not show any visible staples or nails holding the fabric (canvas) to the stretchers on the sides. Quite often with a gallery-wrap canvas, the edges are painted, and the painting hung unframed.