Mid 19th century, something happened in France that had never been seen before. The French painters, who had until then worked in their attic rooms, fled the city with their easels on their shoulders. A long period of traveling and trekking began, and they also ended up in the Netherlands. The famous French painter Claude Monet painted in 1886 in Oegstgeest and Rijnsburg. On a beautiful spring day, he sat on the Almondeweg, near the current highway A44, and painted the windmills ‘Hope doet leven’ (moved to Voorhout in 1999) and ‘de Vlinder’ (demolished around 1935). You can see an impression of this painting on the front of this Giant Tulip Bulb. On the back you see an impression of the painting ‘Le bassin aux nympheas’ from 1899.