Claude Monet and Giverny

The source of inspiration for the main Impressionist

To understand the genius of Monet, one should go to Giverny, now a famous village, 80 km west of Paris. Claude Monet settled down in Giverny with his big family in 1883 and was living there till his death in 1929. Thus he spent in Giverny the entire second half of his long life. This place has become an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the most famous and most faithful Impressionist Claude Monet. Big and cozy two-storey house faces the Norman garden which is filled with colors and scents of various flowers: roses, tulips, dahlias, irises ...

The remote part of the garden had been managed behind a motor road which is now quite busy with traffic. Monet was cherishing there his beloved Japanese style garden with a large pond, water lilies, humpback bridges and brushwood of bamboo all around. This Japanese garden became the main site of work for the ageing master. Here Claude Monet was painting his water lilies during the last 20 years of his life. One can see these famous water lilies or Nympheas in two halls of the Orangery Museum in Paris. Some of lilies are also exhibited in other Parisian Museums –Orsay and Mormottan.

Not far away from the House of Claude Monet is a Museum of Impressionism with a remarkable collection of paintings, tracing the development of Impressionism both in France and outside it.

Program

  • Monet's House: living rooms, workshop, collection of Japanese prints;
  • The upper garden, adjacent to the House and a remote garden with a pond, water lilies and Japanese bridges;
  • Claude Monet’s tomb.

Price and timing

The tour with two transfers from Paris to Giverny and back to Paris lasts 5 hours+

It costs from 400 € for the group.

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