MONET and GIVERNY (Monet’s gardens) :
(a VIDEO and a slideshow by Ann Jeanne in Paris : at the bottom of this page)
Giverny is the home village of painter Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) where he lived for more than 40 years Giverny is located about 50 miles from Paris, in Normandy, and one of the most visited site by visitors coming to Paris. Approximately 500 000 visitors come here eveny year.
- Claude Monet in his gardenSome TIPS for your trip to Giverny :
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My other article : “My tips for your trip to Giverny“
It’s a place where you can easily go on your own : see my other article “My tips for your trip to Giverny“. If you prefer not to go on your own, you’ll find , in this article, some details about tours and transportation by bus too
Giverny source of inspiration for Monet
A visit to Giverny will let you know more about Monet’s life and see the place that inspired him so much. Your viewing pleasure is another great reason to come to Giverny and an opportunity to spend a wonderful peaceful day among flowers. Great for those who love flowers and nature. If possible, give Giverny a full day and enjoy your day !
Coming to Giverny is a way to get closer to Monet’s life and inspiration and to think of his impressionist masterpieces in another perspective. You’ll see his home still furnished and painted exactly as Monet had chosen it to be. Inside the house, you’ll see his kitchen, his sitting room, his reading room, dining room, the bedrooms. And you’ll admire his collection of Japanese paintings/
The house :
Monet’s family : a family of 10.
You can visit it at your leisure, as long as you wish. An amazing pink house, originally smaller but that Monet extended on both sides to accommodate his large family. This is where he lived with Alice, his second wife with their 6 children and his 2 children for his marriage to Camille, his first wife.
The house contains Monet’s actual actual belongings and his original furnishings.
All over the house, you’ll see numerous replicas of Monet’s work and numerous japanese prints which Monet particularly affectionated
On the first floor :
The first floor contains the sitting room, the dining room, the kitchen and Monet’s studio.
The dining room is entirely yellow from the walls to the the decor. Numerous Japanese prints hanging on the walls especially in the dining room.
The kitchen is blue with titled walls and contains copper pots and pans.
Upstairs, several bedrooms and sitting areas
Two gardens : the Clos Normand and the Water Garden
If you chose not to take a guided tour, you can freely wander around the house and gardens, take photos and enjoy yourself, as long as you want and where you want. May you go several times a year, you’ll never find the same setting. These are the 2 gardens which were of a great inspiration for Claude Monet and served as the scene for his most famous works.
Monet’s garden is separated into 2 parts : The Clos Normand flower garden and the Japanese water garden.
Outside you’ll see the wonderful Clos Normand, the closest garden to the house, flourished with so many flowers, different at every season : rows and rows of flowers… It’s Monet himself who designed his gardens : japanese anemones, aster, peonies, narcissus, climbing roses, ornamental trees, tulips, sage, hydrangeas, rosebushes, geraniums, dahlias, nasturtiums, poppies, snapdragons, marigolds … An awsome place, as flowery as peaceful and where you can walk along pathways
A bit further, the Japanese water garden : the water lily pond and the Japanese bridge surrounded by weeping willows. You get to this garden via a pedestrian subway. Monet purchased this land ten years after arriving in Giverny.
The Japanese bridge : One of his most famous paintings
A bamboo grove planted by Monet.
The famous nympheas (water lilies) :
Who’s Monet ?
Monet ( 1840 – 1926) is the artist who founded the impressionist movement. a style for painting scenes from nature. Monet used to paint the same scene in different seasons. Monet lived in Giverny village from 1883 (age 43) until his death in 1926. He liked to work outdoors and was sometimes accompanied by Renoir Sisley and Bazille
Some more details about the site of Giverny :
Michel Monet, Claude Monet’s son donated the property to the Académie des Beaux Arts in 1966. After 10 year renovation the museum opened to the public in 1980. The property opened to the public in 1980 after an important renovation to both the house and gardens;
Some practical details
Address : Fondation Claude Monet, rue Claude Monet 27620 GivernyOpening days and time : open daily from march 24th to November 1st 2017-05-30from 9.30 to 6pm, last entrance at 5.30 pm,
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Map of Giverny :
Other Monet related places to visit in Paris :
The Orangerie Museum (in the Tuileries) : 2 oval-shaped rooms house with the eight huge “Water Lilies” murals.
Opened daily, except Tuesdays, from 9am to 6pm
Orangerie museum : Jardin de Tuileries (on the side of the river Seine)
75001 Paris – Metro Stop : Concorde (line 1, 8 or 12)
Opened daily except Monday from 9.30am till 6pm – Night-on Thursday till 9.45pm
1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur – Paris 7 – Métro stop : Solférino (ligne 12) or RER stop : Musée d’Orsay ( line C)
Marmottan Monet Museum (near the Bois de Boulogne)
Opened daily, except Monday, from 10 am till 6 pm – Night-on Thursdays till 9 pm.
2 rue Louis Boilly – 75016 Paris – Metro stop : La Muette (line 9)
Movies about Claude Monet :
I, Claude Monet (trailer)
Monet filmed painting outdoors (1915) :
This is unique film of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926), painting outdoors, ‘en plein air’, in his garden at Giverny.
Monet’s house : a slideshow by Ann Jeanne in Paris
Monet and Giverny : a VIDEO by Ann Jeanne in Paris
AJIP Private walking tours and photo sessions
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