Welcome to the world of the painter and gardener Claude Monet. For over 40 years, until his death in 1926 , Giverny was his home , his site of creation and his masterpiece . A world of senses, of colors and of memories, the house in which the artist and his family lived notably contains his studio-sitting room and his exceptional collection of Japanese prints. The gardens are composed of the Clos Normand, with its flowerbeds, and the Water Garden, planted with oriental vegetation and weeping willows, its Japanese bridge painted green and its waterlilies.
Monet settled in Giverny in 1883. He untiringly transformed an abandoned domaine into a floral masterpiece, to be the inspiration for many of his greatest works of art. Monet was not only a painter of his own garden but also an artist whose painting trips took him away for lengthy periods of time. However, he was never really far from his garden . Through constant correspondence, he kept a close eye on his family and his flowers . Frequent visits from his friends and admirers made Giverny the centre of his existence . Until his death in 1926, the painter, the father , the gardener and the man would never really leave Giverny.
« The restoration works conducted by Gérald and Florence Van der Kemp, thanks notably to American Maecenas, have allowed Claude Monet’s house and gardens to become again a unique place, with a deep quietude and a perpetual enchantment. Every year, more than 500,000 visitors come from all over the world in order to feel this so particular atmosphere. The “Fondation Claude Monet”, owned by the “Académie des Beaux Arts”, must remain a living place. Our gardeners work all along the year to highlight the gardens, to “reconstruct” them permanently, to preserve and renew the vegetal patrimony, while always being reliable to the Great Painter’s vision. »
Hugues R. Gall – Director of the Foundation
- Gare De Vernon
- From Paris, Take Train From Gare Saint Lazare
- About 45 Minutes
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VERNON – GIVERNY SHUTTLE
- Shuttle Buses Leave Vernon 15 Minutes After The Arrival Of Trains
- From Paris And Rouen : 8 Euros Round Trip
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BY BIKE OR PEDESTRIAN
- Follow « Musées De Giverny – Piétons Et Cyclistes ».
- Bike Renting In Front Of Vernon Station : 7 Km
- The Claude Monet Foundation is open every day
from 24th of March to the 1st of November 2017 from 9.30 a.m. till 6 p.m. – last admission 5.30 p.m.No pets allowed.