Paris is the unofficial capital of Impressionism, its museums speckled with sun-dappled paintings. But true Impressionist fans will want to do what the Impressionists painters did: wear a scarf and beret, and head for the countryside.
Located at the frontier with Normandy (50 miles west of Paris), in the small village of Giverny you can discover Monet’s gardens and house as well as the Musée des Impressionismes. Claude Monet’s gardens are like his paintings: brightly colored patches that are messy but balanced. Monet spent his last and most creative years cultivating his garden and his art at Giverny, the spiritual home of Impressionism.
Concierge’s advice: Visit the Marmottan and/or Orangerie museums in Paris before visiting Giverny will heighten you’re appreciation of the gardens. (Open from April 1st to November 1st)
Monet settled in Giverny in 1883. He untiringly transformed an abandoned domaine into a floral masterpiece, to be the inspiration for many of his greatest works of art. Monet was not only a painter of his own garden but also an artist whose painting trips took him away for lengthy periods of time. However, he was never really far from his garden . Through constant correspondence, he kept a close eye on his family and his flowers . Frequent visits from his friends and admirers made Giverny the centre of his existence . Until his death in 1926, the painter, the father , the gardener and the man would never really leave Giverny.
Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in his house in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colours, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionnism and marvel at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest sources of inspiration.