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Fondation Monet: the Gardens of the Artist

Nature has always been a powerful source of inspiration for artists. For many of them, the landscape is the main subject of their works and has often been used as a vehicle to evoke emotions. In addition, some artistic creations were born from the contemplation of the different colours of the day, and these aroused in the artists the desire to represent it, with the aim of allowing nature itself to shed its beauty.

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”

Claude Monet

Nature in Monet, the father of Impressionism, managed to create strong emotions and suggestions, where he was able to perfectly render its serenity and beauty using his favourite art form.

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916, oil on canvas, Paris, Musée Marmottan (Chloé Toussac)

Impressionist artists sought to render the exact emotion and visual impression of reality on canvas. That is why they often preferred to study from reality and en plein air. Painting in the open air made it possible to create paintings in a short space of time and to observe while trying to convey on the canvas, the nuances generated by the light, the emotions and sensations felt in different light conditions and climates.

Monet’s painting, like that of all the Impressionists, does not aim at reality but at individual sensations and is therefore as far removed from realism as it gets.

Claude Monet in his garden in Giverny, 1926 (Cholé Toussac)

Natural landscapes are the undisputed protagonists of his many canvases: it was a real obsession with light and its effects on the landscape. Monet made the garden of his house in Giverny his studio, made up of water lilies, meadows, trees, fog, sun, wind, and colours. For him, everything painted in a particular spot always has a strength that is no longer found in one place. With Monet, there is a real reversal of the concepts of landscape painting which is no longer painted nature but becomes an expression of inner experience.

Few people know that Claude Monet’s house has not one, but two gardens. The best known is the water garden, which has an incredible number of weeping willows and flowers. It was here, in front of this pond, that Claude Monet painted his famous Water Lilies.

Is it possible to visit tourist destinations that are characterized by their unique blend of nature and art? Is it possible to travel by combining a passion for art and a penchant for having a green thumb?
You decide!

To start, therefore…

Let’s set off to discover the gardens of Claude Monet’s house and the secrets of his paintings!


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