A Tour Around the Famous Home of Claude Monet

Travelling from the psychedelic city of Paris to the picturesque and composed town of Giverny unravels a colour journey which can simply not be ignored!

For many, one day outside Paris can feel like more of an obligation than an adventure.However, Giverny doesn’t fail to impress, the idyllic town is a delight for tourists and Parisians alike. About half way between Paris and Rouen you will find Fondation Claude Monet, The home, gardens and later museum where the great impressionist artist lived for over 40 years of his life!


Monet outside his home in Giverny



The gardens today maintain many of their original features

Monet’s home has now been delightfully restored to its original state. Its design was a reflection of Monet’s life and artistic inspirations. Bold colour and eye catching pattern brilliantly complement the craftsmanship of all elements of the grounds, from the beautifully arranged orchids, to the fine detail to craft the iconic blue tiling which bares a great resemblance to most of Monet’s infamous Japanese Prints.


This was Monet’s kitchen as with its high gloss ceiling


One of Monet’s famous Japanese Prints showing the link between his artistic and interior inspiration

Monet’s study was his first studio until 1899 when it was then converted into a cosy sitting room. The space was a great place to host guests, and is full of much of Monet’s work spanning all his life. What we particularly love in this room is the fine detail to all the antique furniture in the room. Take a closer look at the fine carpentry on the sideboard; all hand crafted and decorate to create a truly unique interior furnishing.


Monet’s study is a preeminent space which could easily overflow a standard art gallery. This room showcases the sheer abundance of Monet’s legacy.

The dining room is another of the rooms lovingly restored in this complex. Monet originally decorated the room in yellow to help extenuate his iconic Japanese Prints. The furniture in the room was also painted yellow. For many at the time this was a very new concept and was considered very modern at the time. To this day, plenty of us are still up-cycling wooden furniture. Was Monet one of the first to do this?


The yellow interior beautifully complimented the surrounding Monet Japanese Prints


Here, light is clearly affecting the shade of yellow in the room to create an even brighter and happier space at the suns peak.

Monet was also a keen gardener and this is evident in the outside space. The vast gardens were an everyday inspiration to Monet who strategically planted every petal for natural beauty and artistic effect. Monet always loved the colourful reflection of plants and flowers on water. In 1893, he acquired some land on the outskirts of his estate and built his own “Water Garden”. The rest of the gardens are rich in the artist’s eye for detail, strategically potting plants to create depth, shadow, perspective and of course, colour.


As with much of his other work, Monet commissioned the build of a Japanese water bridge for his garden.


This sits beautifully hidden on the outskirts of his estate


The remaining 1 hectare garden is designed to bring out depth, shadow, perspective and colour around the entirety of Monet’s estate

The house and garden is open  everyday from the 28th March until the 1st of November 2015. Admission is between 9:30 and 18:00. Last admission is 17:30.

All images available from The Fondation Monet website


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