Happy Birthday, Claude Monet!
I celebrated Claude Monet’s birthday yesterday, November 14, 1840, by going back into my photos of May 15, 2009. That was the day when I first met Claude Monet in his garden, walking along the pathway surrounded by the flowers that inspired his creative spirit.
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Claude Monet
Of course, Claude Monet and I had become acquainted during my visits to art galleries and through biographies and art books. I enjoyed our conversations as I viewed his paintings, imagining that he was looking over my shoulder and pointing out details of perspective and colour choice.
And yet, I knew that in his garden, I would find the essence of his artistry. His presence is still felt amidst the flowers, along the pathways and beloved Japanese bridge overlooking the pond of water lilies.
A sleepy rural village with roots dating to the Neolithic period, grape cultivation from Merovingian times, and a church built in the Romanesque style during the Middle Ages, became transformed with the arrival of Claude Monet in 1883.
Giverny became Claude Monet’s home and sanctuary. His garden stretched into a massive landscaping project, which became his ever-present source of inspiration. Clos Normand in the front of Monet’s home and the Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road.
I invite you to join me in a virtual walk through Claude Monet’s garden.