Monet at Giverny
Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the area surrounding it. In 1890 he had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint.
Some of his most famous paintings were of his garden in Giverny, famous for its rectangular Clos Normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around colored shrubs, and the water garden, formed by a tributary to the Epte, with the Japanese bridge, the pond with the water lilies, the wisterias and the azaleas.
Giverny (French pronunciation: [ʒi.vɛʁ.ni]) is a commune on the northern French department of Eure. The village is located on the “right bank” of the river Seine at its confluence with the river Epte. It lies 80 km (50 mi) west-northwest of Paris, in the old province of Normandy. It is best known as the location of Claude Monet‘s garden and home.
Several American Impressionist artists also settled in Giverny, drawn by the landscapes, the overall atmosphere, and the presence of Monet. Other attractions include the Museum of Impressionism Giverny, dedicated to the history of impressionism and the Giverny art colony, and the Hôtel Baudy, which was the center of artistic life in Giverny’s heyday. It is now a café and restaurant, with period decoration.