Before telling you about visiting Giverny I have a confession: I used to be pretty indifferent to Claude Monet. I hadn’t seen too much of his work beyond (reproductions) of the water lilies, and kind of thought he was on the boring side. Needless to say, I was wrong!
Monet is fascinating. He was a rule breaker that changed the world of art. A few of his rebellious acts included working outside rather than in a studio and painting moments within landscapes rather than stagnant glorified statues. This doesn’t seem too risqué at first, but after spending hours in the Louvre looking at pre-Monet art you definitely appreciate the leap he catalyzed. Overall, Monet was a total badass (don’t let the tranquil lilies fool you)!
With this newfound appreciatation of Monet, I planned a trip to Giverny with Charles’ mom Sandra. Monet moved to Giverny in 1883 and stayed there until the end of his life in 1926. The day before Giverny, Sandra and I went to the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris to prepare….
The Orangerie, tucked away in a corner of the Tuileries garden.
On the ground level of the Orangerie, you will find 2 rooms housing 4 paintings each from Monet’s water lilies series. Each painting is huge and is flush against the curves of each oval shaped room. Monet designed the rooms himself, and chose to have natural sunlight provide the lighting for these paintings. It reminded me a bit of 2001, and it was truly stunning.
These paintings were inspired by Monet's Giverny garden.
We were now ready for Giverny! We caught a train to travel ~70km from Paris to see what the garden looks like in real life…
On the Grande Ligne train!
Street in Giverny.
We have lunch before visiting Monet's house & garden.
Just behind Monet's house.
I want this in my backyard!
The famous lily pond.
Goodbye and thanks for reading!