The Guardian in a May 19, 2021 article announced that, after a closure of more than six months, the gardens at Giverny that inspired Monet’s world-famous paintings of water lilies and other masterpieces will reopen.
I was reminded of the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition, “Claude Monet’s Secret Garden” held between June 24 – October 1, 2017, which featured 38 paintings from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris
What a wonderful experience it was to view Claude Monet’s artwork, which included paintings that had never left the borders of France for many years. I envisioned that I had returned to Giverny and walked the pathway with Claude Monet, listening to him tell of his love of colour, flowers and nature.
As Claude Monet aged, there was a shift in colours. Whites, greens and blues transitioned to muddier purple and yellow tones, which were evident in the paintings that were in the exhibition. In 1912, he was diagnosed with a nuclear cataract in both eyes. This was a disheartening time, but he continued to paint. In 1923, when he was 82, Claude Monet underwent two eye surgeries.
For me, the paintings of his later years, ignited a profound gratitude for this artist. Claude Monet’s love of beauty and nature sustained him through the most difficult of circumstances.
“Eventually, my eyes were opened. and I really understood nature. I learned to love at the same time.” Claude Monet.