Monet's Garden

Visiting Monet's Garden in Giverny

Whether you are an art connoisseur or a novice, Claude Monet’s paintings are familiar to everyone. To visit the artist’s house is to enter the realms of his famous paintings and it can be very humbling to quite literally step into one of the artists pictures. To stand on the very spot where the great masters of art immortalised the same scene you are looking at, is an incredible and privileged experience.

Revolutionising the world of impressionism 

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.

Discover Monet’s garden and other French jewels 

On Scenic’s Normandy & Gems of the Seine river cruise itinerary, you can explore Monet’s renowned gardens and pay homage to the great master, as a Scenic Freechoice activity. You can also choose a self-guided cycling tour through Vernon to Giverny, along with the opportunity to visit Monet’s garden. If you are feeling particularly inspired after visiting the spectacular gardens, you can continue the experience by joining a painting class on board your Scenic Space-Ship.

Your France river cruise itinerary features a wealth of charming French locations, including the city of lights, Paris, and the picture-perfect port city of Honfleur (another muse of Monet). In Vernon, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a classical concert set within the opulent interiors of the 18th century Château de La Roche-Guyon, an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience. 

Monet’s Garden: A memorial and living chefs-d'oeuvre

Monet’s home in Giverny – known originally as the House of the Cider-Press, which indicates its former purpose – has an important place in the history of art and even if you are not a fan of Impressionism, visiting the farmhouse to stroll through the sumptuous gardens is worth it alone.

It is fitting that Giverny, would become a flowering monument to Monet. In 1883, Monet and his family settled into a farmhouse there, then spent 40 years living in Giverny, traveling less with each passing year. He created his own personal paradise complete with Japanese garden and a pond full of floating lilies, inspired by tranquil scenes from the Japanese prints he collected. 

Monet diverted a river to create a pond, planted willows and bamboo, filled the pond with water lilies, and built a wooden footbridge, which became overgrown with wisteria. He painted this scene at different times of day and year.

The dawn of modern art

In the later years of his life, Monet’s focused increasingly on the Giverny, however, his artistic vision expanded as he painted smaller details on bigger canvases and helped invent modern abstract art.
The house itself is wonderfully preserved and ablaze with colour. Visitors especially delight in the deep blue decor of the sitting room and the yellows of the dining room.

The Foundation Claude Monet is a nonprofit organisation that runs and preserves the house and gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny, France. With 500,000 visitors each year, it is the second most visited tourist site in Normandy after the Mont Saint-Michel.

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