Read this wonderful description of Monet painting the large Water Lilies now in the Orangeries. The long article by Paul Hayes Tucker gives both an historical account as well as analysis of the paintings (and the techniques used). Tucker goes inside the paintings and describes their rhythm and design. One senses the painter painting his work. The reproductions are wonderful -- with many double page fold outs.
Excellent biography plus analysis of the paintings of Monet. There are many reproductions as well from various sources (including private collections). The analysis of the paintings enlightens the techniques and structures of the paintings. The chapters are divided by decades that map to changes in his work and interests. The biography is really focused on his art.