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Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny: a living canvas of a true artist

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Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny: a living canvas of a true artist

French artist Oscar Claude Monet is one of the founders of impressionism, a multi-faceted trend in art of the late 19th - early 20th centuries. His painting "Impression, soleil levant" gave the name to impressionism. "Impression" is the impression that the artist's canvases are filled with. Monet loved to paint the volatility of this world, returning over and over to the same nature in a different light, in a different weather, in a different season.

In addition to paintings, which only gain in popularity (and value) over time, Claude Monet spent a considerable part of his life creating a living canvas - a garden of extraordinary beauty, which attracts a stream of art lovers and impressions.

Giverny: Normandy commune in France, a haven for artists

Claude Monet saw this place from the train window, from where he admired the picturesque places of Normandy. Falling in love with him at first sight, Monet returned here and lived here the rest of his life. Claude Monet himself, his second wife Alice, both his sons and other family members are buried in Giverny.

On the site of the settlement of Giverny, people have settled since the Stone Age, and Claude Monet "discovered" it at the end of the 19th century for the world of artists. Art galleries store canvases with views of Giverny not only by Monet's brushes - Claude's friends and associates, the impressionists, came here to work:

  • Henri Matisse
  • Paul Cezanne
  • Auguste Renoir
  • Camille Pizarro.

Artists from other countries also came to Giverny: famous American impressionists Guy Rose and Theodore Buttler, Spaniard Karl Frizecke lived and worked here. Nowadays, Giverny also attracts artists with incredible landscapes, but now the tourist destination cannot boast of the former peace.

The Gardener Claude Monet: The Work of Lord God

Here, in Giverny, another talent of the artist was discovered - landscape architecture and the creation of garden space. Having bought a plot with the house, Monet decided to change its appearance. This was not an ordinary amateur gardening - Claude Monet literally studied a new profession: he had to master botany, geology, and gain knowledge from other areas. Claude communicated and corresponded with gardeners and breeders, ordered seeds, seedlings in France and from abroad.

The transformation of the garden began with the cutting down of old fruit trees. The nature of the artist demanded flower beds, he chose plants for the garden, as an artist a palette. Flowers were his palette: Monet selected flowering plants according to the combination of shades and shapes, according to the flowering time: the garden was planted with crops having different flowering periods, thanks to which new flowers constantly bloomed, replacing crumbling ones.

Landscaping required not only time and physical effort, but also investment. Having settled in Giverny, Monet was already a famous artist, but he did not have a fortune, and the income of the artists was irregular. From time to time financial difficulties arose, especially since Monet lived in a large family. But Claude could not refuse the garden - it was his art canvas.

Having “painted” his Norman garden, Claude Monet plans to surround it with ponds with Japanese-style bridges. He buys swampy plots near the house in order to dig ponds there and let water from the local river into them. In addition to hard work and serious costs, Monet also received lawsuits from neighbors who did not approve of his activities.

But the artist did not give up. It took over 10 years to create the Japanese ponds. This man-made area of nature can hardly be called a garden, it looks so natural. This is a corner of Japan, carefully transferred by the master's inspiration to France! Weeping willows along the ponds, bamboo and, of course, flowers - rhododendrons, wisterias - were drawn from Asia, South America, and the ponds were connected by small bridges and one large wooden bridge.

The main find and love of Claude Monet himself are pink water lilies in the pond. This solution was not immediately found: in France, water lilies are only white and yellow, but for Monet they did not create the desired palette. He ordered pink water lilies in Japan, from breeders, and then the picture took shape.

Claude Monet tirelessly painted his gardens, but most of all - the Japanese bridge and water lilies: more than 200 paintings with one landscape that changes every day, with every ray of the sun. Monet was the first to do the work of the Creator first, created landscapes, and then took up a brush.

From April to November, the artist's creation blooms and smells

Claude Monet's garden and his house in Giverny welcomes visitors from spring to autumn. It is located 80 km from Paris: lovers of the artist's work should come from Paris by rail, from the Saint-Lazare train station, to which the master has dedicated a whole series of works.

Art lovers in Giverny gather creative festivals, exhibitions, meetings. Every year in spring, the International Pastel Exhibition is held here, in the summer - the International Film Festival "Normandy and the World", in the fall - the Chamber Music Festival and the Music Festival of Performers. The Museum of Impressionism and the House-Museum of Claude Monet work.

The garden palette is looked after by an international team of landscape designers, researchers, gardeners. The great living painting of Claude Monet blooms again every year, attracting artists, tourists and admirers of beauty.

* Garden created by the artist Claude Monet

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