Monet’s association with Giverny has made it a popular place to visit in France
. It was here the painter forever changed the world of art, capturing moments in time from his magnificent garden and the surrounding district, which would ultimately become the hallmarks of impressionism.
For four decades from 1883, Monet painted the world around him, which was something of a novel concept during this period. Creating artworks outdoors was not a common pastime at this time, as “real” artists were trained to study their subjects thoroughly in the perfect lighting of a controlled studio setting. As a result, the Frenchman’s work was not initially popular, due to its ‘unusual’ style and daring break from tradition.
Pushing the boundaries even further, he would lead outdoor painting tours into the surrounding countryside, encouraging others to follow his new interpretation of the world, which was not based on faithfully recording realism on canvas.