Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Photo Scrapbook: Giverney

About 300 people lived in Giverney in 1883 when Monet discovered it. He bought the Press House, a farmhouse with an orchard now known as The Clos Normand, which he changed into gardens of beautiful flowers. He later diverted the Epte River so he could create a pond - this very pond, which was the subject of his famous paintings of water lilies.

A series of oil painting featured his Japanese foot bridge over the lily pond in Giverney.

No one seemed to mind waiting to enter Monet's House because the gardens were so lovely. He lived there from 1883 until his death in 1926.

After touring Monet's house and seeing his grand collection of Japanese engravings, Doug and I couldn't pass up a photo with these glorious Morning Glories. Monet's son Michael in 1966 bequeathed the house to a group now responsible for its preservation. The Claude Monet Foundation opened the house, gardens and pond to the public in 1980 after major restoration.

The gardens were lovely - everywhere!

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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