Welcome to Giverny in Normandy, the home of Claude Monet! Uncover the secrets of this French master of impressionism and his works, including the house he lived in for 43 years, the lily pond which inspired his most prominent paintings, and his wonderful flowering gardens.
The Water Garden
The Water Garden boasts a stunning array of flowers and willow trees. It was here, facing this very pond that Claude Monet painted his famous Nymphéas (Water Lilies), which you can see on display at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.
Monet actually grew the flowers himself. He was a gardener as well as an artist, arranging his gardens by using his creative eye.
The small green bridge, peony bushes and bamboo plants all demonstrate the love Monet had for Japan. The garden really bursts with colour and light, something which Monet loved to recreate in his paintings.
The Clos Normand and the House of Claude Monet
With its pink plaster and surrounding flowers and trees, the house of Claude Monet is truly a charming place.
The Radiant Clos Normand
Outside of the house, lining the pathways beneath the metal arches, flowers bloom in the garden known as the Clos Normand. Daffodils, irises, peonies, nasturtiums, roses and narcissuses are just a few of the many beautiful flowers that fill these flowerbeds with colour. Spring is definitely the best time to visit!
Ground Floor: The Studio, The Blue Room, Dining Room and Kitchen
The interior design remains true to how the rooms were in Monet’s time. On the ground floor you’ll enter Monet’s studio with numerous reconstructed works of his on display, the Blue Room (reading room) and also the kitchen.
The Dining Room showcases Monet’s magnificent collection of Japanese prints, including some notable pieces by artists such as Katsushika Hokusai.
All of the bedrooms are on the first floor, namely Claude Monet’s bedroom itself, displaying reproductions of paintings from other impressionist artists of his time.
The other bedrooms include those of his second wife Alice Hoschedé and her daughter, Blanche Hoschedé, who was one of Monet’s students and also his daughter-in-law. In 2014, Blanche’s room was restored and refurnished as close to its original state as possible, featuring several floral tapestries and pitch pine furniture.
Monet lived here with his loved ones and worked in these rooms for 43 years of his life, until his death in 1926.
84 Rue Claude Monet
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