Gustave Caillebotte, Sunflowers along the Seine, ca. 1885–1886. Oil on canvas. Private collection
The garden served as inspiration for many Impressionist painters. Among the most enthusiastic gardeners were Gustave Caillebotte, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Paul Cézanne. Which came first—an interest in the garden or in painting—is not always easy to determine.