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    Maison Claude Monet

    by gwened Updated Apr 10, 2014

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    this is the pilgrimage of all lovers of the impressionist painting school and especially of local leyend Claude Monet. this is his history and my hommage. I used to go here a lot for even lunch or see the museum when lived not too far.

    The House where Claude Monet lived from 1883 to 1926, is refitted as he lived it ,keeping the pink plaster, repainted in the colors of his palette (doors and Green Shutters; yellow bright chrome dining room decorated with prints Japanese from the 18th and 19th centuries the dominant blue, kitchen with its tiled walls of faience blue and white ceramic of Rouen, and sky blue lacquered furniture. Same for the garden, he diverted a branch of the Epte to power a pond crossed by the Japanese bridge. Collector of horticultural journals, he shows himself perfectionist for his garden: engaging up to seven gardeners, which is daily to remove drops of rain or dew on water lilies. When the death of Claude Monet, December 5, 1926, Michel, his only surviving son, inherits the property of Giverny, the paintings contained therein and the extensive collection of Japanese prints. Preferring running safaris in Africa, it is not attracted by the family home. White Monet-Hoschedé, daughter of Alice and widow of Jean, the eldest son of Monet, maintains the House and the garden, with the help of the head gardener Lebret. White died in 1947, the garden is almost abandoned and nature takes its rights...Michel Monet died in 1966 in a car accident. Without an heir, he bequeathed by will the property and the collections of Giverny at the Academy of fine arts.

    In the House where lived Claude Monet for 43 years, you can visit:on the ground floor: "small blue room" (reading room), groceries (warehouse), salon-workshop, the dining room (on the walls, the collection of Japanese prints), and the kitchen (with the blue tiles, Rouen, a huge stove and copper utensils);on the first floor: the apartments private with Monet room, the Alice 's bedroom and their toilets.
    In front of the House, the gardens recreated identically, consist of Clos Normand and water garden. Le Clos Normand has been shaped from the pictorial knowledge of Monet. When Monet moved to Giverny, it is conquered by the garden of one hectare constituted a apple orchard and a vegetable garden that runs along the House. A large driveway lined with Cypress and spruce leads to the arch door, and beds are lined with boxwood. He devoted years to the Clos Normand . It is remove the boxwood and the spruce and replaces them with metal poles. He plants the garden of thousands of flowers according to a rectilinear plan, including nasturtiums, roses, daffodils, tulips, daffodils, iris, poppies East and peonies.
    The work of Monet testifies to a passion for the play of light and reflections of clouds on the water. In 1893, he acquired a plot of land at the bottom of the Clos Normand, who became the 'water garden' passed to posterity, especially with water lilies, he created a monumental canvases in 1897. The water garden reflects the fascination of Monet for Japan. He built a Japanese bridge painted green and is planted with Orientals such as bamboo, Ginkgo biloba, maples, arbusives of the Japan peonies, lilies and weeping willows. Finally, Monet plant of water lilies at the bottom of the basin. The water garden was of the beginning the subject of constant and meticulous care, occupying a gardener full-time.

    The major part of the work of Claude Monet is preserved at the Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris 16éme). On the other hand the House of Monet hosts over 200 prints by ukiyo-e, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries including major works by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Monet passion for Japanese art prints dates back to his years of artistic training in le Havre and is visible in some of the aesthetic choices made at Giverny, including at the water garden. Prints the most famous include one of the copies of the great wave of Kanagawa and the Mount Fuji of Hokusai.

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    House of Claude Monet entrance the garden with view of the house of C Monet the clos normand at maison C Monet the archway to the Jardin d'Eau or water garden a view from the house window to garden
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    Talk a walk through Giverny

    by Beausoleil Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    The first time we visited Giverny, the line to get into Monet's House and Gardens was so long we decided to come back on another trip, Since we were there and had a parking place, we decided to walk around Giverny.

    It is a beautiful stone village with flowers in every possible place. I'm a great fan of hollyhocks and there was an abundance. We found a field of poppies and my husband took my photo with an umbrella a la Renoir.

    We walked through the free gardens at the Museum of Impressionisms. On another trip, we ran into a wedding at the same gardens. That was really fun. The tourists just mingled along with everyone else and we have wedding photos of them and I'm sure they have tourist photos of us.

    It's a very friendly village and there are artists set up along the streets that you can watch and talk to . . . and undoubtedly purchase paintings from.

    Street in Giverny Artist in Giverny Nasturtiums glowing in the sun Hollyhocks in Giverny
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    Visit the Giverny Museum of Impressionisms

    by Beausoleil Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    The Giverny Museum of Impressionisms, formerly the Musee d'Art Americain in Giverny, is the "other" big draw in this small village. The thing we enjoy most is visiting the gardens outside the museum. They are constantly changing. However, they are presented in a series of gardens, each in a different color. You will surely find one to your liking.

    Behind the museum is a large meadow full of poppies, cornflowers and daisies, a perfect place to have your photo taken with a large umbrella. You'll look just like a Renoir painting. Irresistible.

    The Musée des Impressionnismes is open from April first to October 31 every day except Monday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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    FROGS

    by balhannah Written Aug 23, 2011

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    I am a Frog lover, so when I was walking around Monet's Lake listening to many Frogs croaking, I had to stop and try and find one. A bit difficult, but eventually I found the one in my photo. What kind he is, I don't know, perhaps you do?
    So "Frog Lovers," you will find them here in the Lake

    Frog in Monet's lake

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    splash of colour

    by hevbell Updated Mar 8, 2008

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    Despite visiting in mid September the garden was still full of gorgeous flowers and colour. Monet liked to have different colours dominate the garden through the year and it was definitely yellow when we were there as there were lots of these gorgeous sunflowers. Some other colours did get a lookin as well though!

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    Picture perfect

    by hevbell Written Oct 7, 2007

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    Monet painted this gorgeous scene looking back towards the house from the bottom of the garden so it may well look familiar to you! Of course he painted it when there was a bit more colour but its still pretty

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    Libation of a Different Kind.

    by lohki Updated Sep 9, 2006

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    While you are in the area why not take a detour and head up the hill to see the cidre orchards?

    I had been enjoying myself and spent far too much time in Monet’s Garden so I did not get the chance to check them out.

    The photo shows one of the many signs that marks the route and distance to the orchards, which I am told produces some of the best cidre bouché around.

    Mmmmmm I brought a bottle home and it still sits in my fridge. I know I should drink it. I want to drink it. But as soon as I open it and drink it... I no longer have a bottle of cidre bouché to enjoy, brought all the way from France!
    Oh the dilemma!

    The way to apples.
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    Giverny, Monet's Masterpiece

    by danasuzanne Written Aug 1, 2006

    When in Paris, take a short train ride to the charming, French countryside. The gardens are a marvel of both art & engineering. Monet's paintings & colour palette come alive in these grounds. I was surprised at how expansive they are. I took the Fat Tire Bike tour there. Great experience, as you have lunch on the Seine & get to ride a bike to Giverny.

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    Take a walk in the town

    by kathymof Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    Many of the residents of Giverny take great pride in their gardens. Take a walk around the town to see the private gardens. Please respect the privacy of these people though. I can't even immagine what it is like to live in a place that is flooded with tourists. It does however become very quiet at night.

    Along the road in Giverny

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    French Connection: The American Museum of Art

    by ExGuyParis Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    This museum, founded in 1992, celebrates the long-standing connection between French and American art and artists.

    The museum is open from April through October. Be sure to visit the gardens around the museum.

    American Art in Giverny
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    Dahlias and sunflowers

    by rexvaughan Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Fall is no less colorful than the other seasons. I would have thought the sunflowers would be fininshed by this time of year, but they are here in profusion. The only blossoms more plentiful than sunflowers are the dahlias and they come in a wide array of vividly wonderful colors and combinations.

    Marigold, sunflowers
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    Spring bulbs and pansies

    by rexvaughan Written Nov 16, 2004

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    In April the garden is a riot of color from tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crown imperials (frittilarias) and pansies. They have pansies with color combinations that are stunning and I have never seen many of them before.

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    Summer and the roses are abundant

    by rexvaughan Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Summer brings such a proliferation of blooms and there are roses everywhere. I think they still follow pretty much Monet's original design for the garden and they do a wonderful job of mixing the green lawns in among the vibrant colors of the blossoms. There are roses of every hue and some climbers grow across the arched trellises lining the allees.

    Roses in July
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    Japanese Prints in Monet's House

    by bpacker Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    If you come to Monet's house in Giverny and expect to see all of his beautiful paintings, you'll be sorely disappointed. Most of his major works are in the Marmotten Museum and the Musee O'say in Paris, some 73km away!

    Adorning a major portion of his walls are beautiful Japanese prints which he kept for observation and inspiration. Does it surprise you? Well, Monet was greatly influenced by the Oriental arts and he often integrated what he had learnt from Japanese art into his paintings and gardens. If you are interested to see the similarity to these Asian prints and Monet's paintings, check out my travelogue

    Pine of Success and Oumayagashi, Asakusa River

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    Charming Little Village...

    by coceng Updated Jul 15, 2004

    Giverny is a charming little village near Vernon. Vernon is also the gateway to Normandy region in France.
    Claude Monet lived in Giverny & the subjects of his paintings are related to his house, his garden & the village of Giverny itself.
    This photo is taken around Sainte Radegonde Church.The Interiors of Sainte Radegone Church

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  • La Musardiere

    123, rue Claude Monet, Giverny, 27620, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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  • Les Bords De Seine Hotel

    21 rue du Dr Duval, La Roche-Guyon, Ãile-de-France, 95780, France

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Le Clos Fleuri

    Great hostess who is fluent in English. Very nice room with large bathroom and nice view of garden....

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