Dennis Stock, The gardens of Claude Monet, Giverny, 1978
“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
Claude Monet, Giverny, 1920
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”
Claude Monet in the garden of his house at Giverny
Monet settled in Giverny in 1883. He untiringly transformed an abandoned domaine into a floral masterpiece, to be the inspiration for many of his greatest works of art. Monet was not only a painter of his own garden but also an artist whose painting trips took him away for lengthy periods of time. However, he was never really far from his garden . Through constant correspondence, he kept a close eye on his family and his flowers . Frequent visits from his friends and admirers made Giverny the centre of his existence . Until his death in 1926, the painter, the father , the gardener and the man would never really leave Giverny.
Claude Monet, Garden at Giverny, 1895
“And the garden? Are there still flowers? I really hope there will still be chrysanthemums when I come back.
If there is a risk of frost, make nice bouquets.”
Monet to his wife Alice
Claude Monet in front of one of the vast canvases of the waterlilies in his garden at Giverny that he painted in the last years of his life, 1923
Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1904
“It took me some time to understand my water lilies… I cultivated them with no thought of painting them…
One does not fully appreciate a landscape in one day… And then, suddenly, I had a revelation of the magic of my pond.
I took my palette. From this moment, I have had almost no other model.”
Claude Monet, The Japanese Bridge (The Bridge in Monet’s Garden), 1896
“I want to paint the air around the bridge, the house, the boat.
The beauty of the air where they are, and it is nothing other than impossible.”
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.”
“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her,
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
In the Woods at Giverny: Blanche Hoschedé at Her Easel with Suzanne Hoschedé Reading, 1887
Claude Monet, Coucher de soleil à Giverny, 1886
Claude Monet, Giverny, 1880 Claude Monet, Giverny, 1905
“My heart is forever in Giverny.”