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A trip to France would not be complete without a trip to Giverny to see Monet's beautiful gardens.

Claude Monet was born in Paris in 1840. His painting entitled Impression, soleil levant is considered to be the start of the impressionist period of painting.

In 1883, Monet moved to the village of Giverny. It was at his home in Giverny that he painted the "Haystacks" paintings between 1888 and 1891 and other series of paintings that made him famous throughout the world.

In 1895 he created the famous lily pond and built the Japanese bridge that are a large part of his later paintings. He said, "It took me time to understand my water lilies...I had planted them for my pleasure; I cultivated them without ever thinking of painting them...A landscape doesn't permeate one's being in one day...And then, suddenly, the magical world of my pond was reveled to me. I took up my palette. Since that time, I have scarcely had any other model."

House entrance.JPG (260145 bytes)The entrance to his lovely home is covered with vines. The windows have wonderful views of his magnificent flower garden.



House & Garden.JPG (237840 bytes)From the road, you can see the arbors covered with clematis that are in front of the house.




Garden 1.JPG (273372 bytes)The iris give the garden beautiful colors during the spring.





Garden 2.JPG (224379 bytes)He certainly had a wealth of subjects for his paintings. He said that he was good at only gardening and painting.




                              BlueJPG.jpg (290794 bytes)Another of his subjects.






Enjoying garden.JPG (236668 bytes)As you can see, we enjoyed the garden very much.





Iris.JPG (130335 bytes)The garden is maintained as faithfully to his plans as possible.







Famous pond.JPG (175054 bytes)The famous pond. Monet had the pond dug to his specifications.





Pond 1.JPG (262486 bytes)The foliage around the pond is beautiful.





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The famous Japanese bridge in Monet paintings.

Bridge 1.JPG (271142 bytes)Rick on Bridge.JPG (199504 bytes)




water source.JPG (228038 bytes)The source of water for the pond.