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Claude Monet and Giverny
Before Monet (1840-1926), Giverny was a small rural town on the banks of the River Epte. In 1883, the painter moved there with his family. He transformed his house and garden into a true work of art where he would spend the last 40 years of his life. He was laid to rest in a small cemetery near the Sainte-Radegonde church, in the street that now bears his name.
Among more than 2000 recorded paintings, this lover of Normandy painted his garden more than 300 times and Giverny and its surroundings nearly 250 times.
The village is considered the birthplace of the Impressionist movement.
The house and gardens of Claude Monet
If there’s “one” thing you need to see during your stay, it’s this!
The whole place is just fascinating. Here, Monet imposed his colourful style and love of Japanese culture. The garden consists of two parts: the very flowery “clos normand” and the “water garden”, which includes the famous Japanese bridge.
A visit here is a bit like stepping into one of Monet’s paintings, so much so that you never want to leave…
Did you know?
There is a replica of Claude Monet’s gardens in Kitagawa, Japan, more than 10,000 km from Giverny!
The water lilies only flower once the water temperature reaches 17°C! Without a doubt, summer is the best time to see them in all their glory.
The American Colony and Hôtel Baudy
Attracted to Giverny by the master of Impressionism himself, painters flocked from all over the world, in particular from the United States. To pay homage to them, an American art museum was created in 1992. In 2009, it became the Giverny Museum of Impressionisms.
Just like the artists from the American colony, famous painters, such as Renoir, Cézanne, Sisley, Rodin, and of course Monet, liked to meet at the Hotel Baudy. Now an institution in Giverny, the former Hotel Baudy has managed to retain its impressionist soul of yesteryear. So, open the doors and discover its authentic rooms, tree-lined garden, and artist’s studio, which has remained untouched to this present day. A guaranteed vintage atmosphere!
Giverny Museum of Impressionisms
With modern architecture surrounded by a beautiful garden, this museum invites you to discover the history and impact of Impressionism, as well as its global influence. Each year, two major successive and unprecedented exhibitions bear witness to its diversity. An unmissable stop on your visit to Giverny, this modern museum will certainly not leave you indifferent.
I want to see an original Monet canvas. Where can I go?
The Vernon museum has an exceptional collection of paintings and animal art sculptures and a drawing studio with more than 250 works. Its temporary exhibitions are certainly worth a visit. But what will seduce you the most are the impressionist works, including the unmissable Water Lilies painting by Monet, on a round canvas.
Did you know?
The plot of the famous novel by Michel Bussi, Black Water Lilies, released in 2011, takes place in the village of Giverny and the places mentioned really do exist!