Giverny: garden of Claude Monet: Clos-Normand borders

Giverny: garden of Claude Monet: Clos-Normand borders

Santolina-lined autumn borders and paths in one of Monet’s gardens, the Clos-Normand, in the village of Giverny (the département of Eure, in the Normandie / Normandy region of northern France), on a clear morning in early October 2016.

Giverny is in the valley of the River Epte, just across the river from the Île-de-France region and a little upriver from the confluence of the Epte with the Seine. It is most famous as the site of the country house and gardens of Claude Monet (1840-1926). The Impressionist painter moved there in 1883, subsequently developing two gardens and painting many pictures of gardens and house. Since 1980, the gardens and parts of the house, both restored, have been open to the public as a museum, under the auspices of the Fondation Claude Monet.

The gardens are separated by a road (today there is an underpass / subway; when we had first visited in 1991, we had to cross the road itself). The Clos-Normand, closer to the house, consists of a series of borders and flower beds designed to display changing combinations of flowers through the seasons, in painterly hues, as well as trees, shrubs, and paths; the Japanese-inspired water garden, an added piece of property in 1893, was designed around a tributary of the Epte diverted through it and features the water lilies (nymphéas) and arched Japanese bridge seen in many of the artist’s works.

While the museum became quite busy during our morning there, we found that the Clos-Normand was a quieter place for photography.

(Information from the website of the Fondation Monet, last consulted 23 September 2018.)

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Posted by >green voyage (falling behind again) on 2018-11-04 10:18:12

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