If you are a fan of the arts you don’t need an introduction. For the others, Claude Monet was a famed French impressionist painter who lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926. It was these gardens that served as a muse for the artists’ most important and famous work to date ‘Water Lilies’, a series of 250 paintings. Thanks to the internet and technology, you can now take a virtual tour of Monet’s gorgeous garden home in Giverny for FREE! By Amitha Ameen


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With spring around the corner, there isn’t a more ideal time to discover the timeless landscapes that majorly influenced Monet’s impressionist paintings. Located only an hour away from Paris, the artists’ summer retreat is on the list of many travellers and art lovers. Although closed due to the ongoing health crisis, it can be virtually toured from our homes.


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It was Monet who wrote, ‘Beyond painting and gardening, I am good for nothing.’ Through this virtual tour, you will understand why the garden was so important and influential in the painters’ life. His own personal Eden, the once abandoned farm was stumbled upon by the painter on one of his visits to the village in the region of Normandy in northern France.


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After moving in with his wife and eight children, the painter began to transform his estate as he continued to gain fame and earn enough money. He erected metal archways entwined with flower vines and he planted apricot and cherry trees. Monet’s garden is filled with thousands of flowers including daffodils, peonies, tulips, roses, and poppies. Eventually, he expanded his property by purchasing the adjoining land and making it a water garden with a wooden bridge — which would later become the inspiration for his ‘Water Lillies’ series.


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Monet’s home too is a work of art. The outside is painted with a cheerful pastel pink with green window shutters, a quaint French blue-and-white-tiled kitchen, a bright yellow dining room, the family bedrooms and every corner of the house covered with Monet’s vast collection of Japanese prints, which served as inspiration in his own work.


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While we cannot be outside to enjoy the onset of spring, we can certainly indulge in this virtual tour to make our spring garden dreams come true.

Fondation Claude Monet Giverny, 84 rue Claude Monet 27620 Giverny, France.

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