A gardener works in the lily pond at the Giverny home of Impressionst painter Claude Monet. UP photo by Hannah LeTulle

A gardener works in the lily pond at the Giverny home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. UP photo by Hannah LeTulle

Monet’s Giverny home reflects his art

GIVERNY, France — Developing in Paris in the 19th century, Impressionism broke traditional European ways of painting. Arguably the best of the Impressionists was Claude Monet.

A visit to the master’s home in Giverny, a two-hour train ride from Paris, offers a glimpse into the artist’s influences of the art.

monet3._hlMonet is probably most famous for his waterlilies and it is easy to see where he got the idea. The large pond in the house’s garden is full of the plants.

With the new invention of photography, artists looked for an interesting way to depict their subjects. Monet used broad expressive brush strokes to create an “impression”of the lilies or the landscape.

The colors in the gardens are ever-changing with the weather, and guests never experience the same effect.

The plants literally fill the gardens, sometimes making it almost impossible to walk down a path.

Visiting Giverny is like stepping back in time for a glimpse of rural French life from the 1800s. It is an important stop for any art lover visiting France.

Story by Hannah LeTulle

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