Entries from April 2008

April in Monet’s garden

April 27, 2008

Spring has come suddenly. It was warm and sunny today, and the sunshine enhanced the bright colors of Monet’s flower garden.

In the water garden the azaleas are in full bloom. On the trees the little leaves look tender and fresh.

April light has a special quality, a sort of sparkling effect that can be noticed on Monet’s footbridge seen into backlight.

The Pink House

April 23, 2008

Monet’s home is painted into pink, a pale pink that matches the Japanese cherry trees and the crab apple trees blooming in April, at the beginning of the season.

 In the spring freshness, pink seems to be everywhere, from the tulips aligned in front of the house in island beds to the many pansies scattered in the mixed borders.

All these pinks are enhanced by the tender green of the new born leaves and grass.

Hello world!

April 20, 2008

Welcome to Giverny.
This is my first post. I work as a guide in Claude Monet’s gardens and home at Giverny, Normandy, France.

It is a unique place created by the painter himself, an avid gardener.

 Monet landscaped his garden, using all what he knew about colors and composition to compose the flower beds or design the alleys.

He considered it his most beautiful artwork because it was a living one, changing with the seasons. 

Then he painted it, over and over again. He wanted to render the changing light, the impression of the moment.

I would like to try and render my everyday impressions too and share with you the beauty of this garden, and generally my passion for Monet and his works.