Thank You , Claude Monet!

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Claude Monet  would be 174 years old today.  He was born in Paris, France and is, today, one of  the world’s most famous and popular artists.  His style and work lead to the name of an art movement, “Impressionism.”  Themes in  his prolific body of work  were capturing , light, reflection and natural form. This lead an art critic of his day to insult him with the name “Impressionist” .  The name stuck and an art movement born.

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Monet, like many artists during their lives, struggled with depression, poverty and illness. For the last 40 years of his life, he lived and painted at his beloved farmhouse in Giverny, France.  Below you see a model of the house, a quick shot of an incredible Gift Shop, and  the heavenly gardens that you have visited in art galleries or museums.

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Here is the garden. I chose this video because of the beauty and  calmness of the music and the  flowers.  You will see the original sites for many of Monet’s paintings.   a-visit-to-monet-paintings-culture-blog-benetton-1

Let me tell you a personal story. We were driving from Paris to visit the holy ground of Normandy.  As some of you may remember, my oldest brother was a paratrooper who jumped the night before D-Day,  the invasion, and later died of non-life threatening injuries.   I wanted so much to visit Giverny and of course it was not a priority of the architect.  But what a grand surprise when he detoured and we arrived for a half day visit.  It is a very popular day trip from Paris and there were a number of buses, too many for the parking lot,  with many were just parked along the small road.

I won’t try to describe the garden as the paintings and video are much clearer , but I did have a couple of memories about the house. From the little pop-up book model, you see the four main rooms.  I loved the casement windows that open  outwards and let the flowers, sun, and fragrances into the house which is set right in the middle of the garden!   I also remember the color yellow which is shown in the model.  I think these aspects of the house were to help him fight the never ending depression.  Another thing that struck me was that there were none of his paintings on the walls, not a one that I noticed, but there were lots of Japanese paintings of water color and lithographs.   Could this artist who is probably the most recognizable in the world today, have suffered with low self-esteem?     Amazing. . . . . and yes, for the shoppers. . . . the gift shop is so complete that it will take you at least an hour.  Never I have seen so many examples of an artist’s work for sale except at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona  where Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked.

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Are you a fan of Monet and Impressionism or not? Do you have a favorite artist? ( And Monet is not my favorite , BTW! )

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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11 Responses to Thank You , Claude Monet!

  1. Chess says:

    I often dream of taking this trip, his use of light and reflection in his work is so amazing, thank you for sharing your journey Anne 😄

    • annetbell says:

      Chess, thanks for your lovely comment. It makes me very happy to share with my blogger friends. I have been blessed to see so much of the world, and would never have imagined it. We were there in July or August with the full bloom of the amazing English garden. I hope you can go, too. It is amazing!

  2. DebraB says:

    I love Monet and your post. I hope to visit his gardens some day!

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  4. etinkerbell says:

    I do love Monet. He has always been one of my favourite painters. I did enjoyed reading this post. Cheers. Stefy, 🙂

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