Claude Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny make for a perfect visit



Claude Monet’s property, in Giverny, Normandy, France was left by the artist’s son Michel in 1966 to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Following an extensive restoration of the house, the studios, the Clos Normand flower garden and the water garden, it became the fantastic Fondation Claude Monet and was inagurated in 1980.

The private environment of the leader of the Impressionist School, his home for exactly half of his life, from 1883 to 1926, is now open to the public. And a lot of tourists go as I witnessed in that hot summer day!

Visitors can dive into Monet’s mind by seeing his house, discovering the amazing collection of Japanese prints and his collection of paintings by Cézanne, Caillebotte, Pissarro, Renoir, and Rodin among others. Yes Monet was friends with all these artists.

The gardens obviously are the highlights of the visit for the Clos Normand, facing the artist’s house, offers, from Spring to Autumn, the vision of a painter-gardener, showcasing a strict geometric architecture yet disappearing behind a profusion of colours and flowers, composing a bright and varied palette. The famous wisteria-covered Japanese bridge spans the pond. An unlimited source of inspiration, this water garden would lead to the conception of Monet’s masterpiece: the monumental work “Grandes Décorations des Nymphéas”.

It’s really worth the visit so if you’re around Paris, just catch a train for 40 minutes and you’ll be able to discover this Impressionist paradise.

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