Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Monet's Garden - A Palette of Color

In the old province of Normandy, in Giverny. . .



Monet's Garden Entrance, Giverny by DG Hudson


In Giverny, Impressionist painter Claude Monet's restored house and garden provide a look at the inspiration for many of his paintings--his gardens. In Monet's day, the train was the only access to the village, 80 km, or 50 miles from Paris. In the late 1800s, the village population count in Giverny was about 300. It hasn’t grown that much since then, but the town does see many more tourists. One of reasons is Monet's Garden at Giverny.

 


Monet's House in Giverny, Autumn, by DG Hudson 




In 1883, middle-aged Claude Monet, his wife Alice, and their eight children from two families settled into a farmhouse here, west of Paris. Monet, at that point a famous artist, would spend 40 years in Giverny, traveling less with each passing year.



Monet lived in the house with its famous pink crushed brick façade from 1883 until his death in 1926. He and many members of his family are interred in the village cemetery. The house has a huge kitchen, and a large bright studio, now used as a gift shop.   Monet’s Japanese prints are on the wall, a ceramic cat sits on a table. No photos are allowed inside the house. The bedrooms are small, but probably normal for the time. The rooms are complete with period furniture, much as they would have been during the time Monet lived here.






Monet's Water Garden, Giverny, Fr. by DG Hudson





The Water Gardens are most peaceful, with the sound of running water and lovely vistas that change with the seasons. We were there in the Autumn when the gardens were lush with growth.







Monet's Garden at Giverny, Real Water Lilies, by DG Hudson




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Claude Monet's property at Giverny (house and gardens), left by his son to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1966 became a Museum opened to public visit in 1980 after completion of large-scale restoration work.


Are you a gardener? Have you seen Monet's garden? Do you like Impressionist painting?  Please share in the comments.

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References:

http://giverny.org/gardens/fcm/visitgb.htm  Giverny Gardens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giverny Giverny

http://www.fondation-monet.fr/fr/  Foundation Claude Monet

http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/france/giverny.htm 
Rick Steves on Monet's Garden

18 comments:

  1. i love almost all kinds of paintings--this is such a beautiful peaceful blog---thanks

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    1. Maybe that's because I need the calmness. I appreciate your kind words. I'm fond of paintings too, and prints, and sculpture.

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  2. I love gardens and paintings, this post is lovely. :)

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Murugi! I'm glad you like the post. I can totally understand how Monet was always inspired by his gardens.

      Now about that underground hotel on your last post -- had to show that to the hubby. Very interesting even if it isn't my cup of tea.

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  3. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Monet is one of my favorite artist, so it was cool to see where he got his inspiration.

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    1. He's one of my favourites, too! Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  4. @KatieO, thanks for the follow and the visit to the blog!

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  5. Beautiful pictures depicting the life of my favorite Impressionist! Because Paris holds memories as one of my favorite vacation spots, I am including your site on one of my Pinterest boards!
    http://gail-baugniet.blogspot.com/2012/05/fast-five-author-interview-with-kate.html

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    1. I feel the same way about Paris, Gail, and thanks very much for including me on your Pinterest boards! Makes me smile, and that's always good.

      I'll be by to check out what's new at your blog later.

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  6. I can't imagine a world without Monet's paintings. I didn't realize he had eight children. His legacy lives in so many wonderful ways.

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    1. I have a print of The Artist's Garden at Giverny, and it's one of my favourites. The trip to Giverny was quite nice, I recommend it.

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  7. Yes I am a very keen horticulturist and gardener and I love Monet's Impressions in his art work.

    I love my gardens to look dream-like with drifts of colour almost as though you've taken a brush and painted it. Arbours that look as though the have been there a hundred years covered in a canopy of delicate perfumed roses.

    Beautiful post.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's easy to love these gardens. I like the same look as you describe. That wild English garden look (or wild French garden in this case - but the upkeep is required to keep it looking so.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenni!

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  8. The pictures do convey a sense of peace. I like gardening, but don't make time for it, beyond ensuring that the flowers aren't starved for water.

    I wonder why they don't allow pictures to be taken inside the house up to today. My only guess is that it keeps things mysterious and you have to come to see it.

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    1. Hi JL, the reason we were given for 'no photos' inside the house,is the protection of Claude Monet's own collection of Japanese prints and some of his paintings. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. And the beauty varies by season. This was in Autumn, late September.

      Thanks for stopping by, J.

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