Monet’s Dining Room

by Ariane ~ August 2, 2009

I have just been given the right to take pictures inside of Monet’s House. I am thrilled being able to comment on this very special home I love!

Taking photographs in the museum is forbidden for several reasons, especially because of the very fragile japanese woodblocks that hang on the walls. Monet didn’t want his own work to decorate his home: it was work! He preferred something more exotic and fun. He would hang them everywhere except in his studio, in the kitchen and in his bedroom.

I don’t know what strikes visitors most when they enter the most beautiful room of the house, the famous dining room. The Japanese prints cover the walls, almost masking them, their mainly blue color matching the yellow furniture, walls and moldings.

It is strangely modern, especially when compared with the very heavy and dark fashion in matter of decoration in Victorian times. Bright, and stunning. Everybody says waow! when stepping inside of this yellow dining room, and most people like it. But for some visitors, it is too yellow.

11 Responses to “Monet’s Dining Room”

  1. Tessa Says:

    Wow, what a privilege, I shall look forward to seeing some more. I think what struck me when I entered that room was, as well as the yellow, the big number of chairs.

  2. Ariane Says:

    You are right, they deserve a special post!

  3. Kevin Charnas Says:

    I am so happy to have found your website! I love it. And congratulations on being granted permission!
    That is indeed an honor. Will you be posting those photos periodically? I can’t wait to see Giverny in person one day…

  4. Hazel Says:

    The checkered floor and its color is a perfect contrast. I totally love this.

  5. Kate Farrugia Says:

    I’m very glad indeed I have found your website.It’s an honor to see for real where the great Master used to live .I’m dreaming one day to see it for real.

    Please do show us more.

  6. Bonnie Says:

    I love your photos and would love a print to hang in my home. I don’t see a place on this page to order one. Are they for sale? I am especially interested in the dining room. When I visited Giverny a couple of years ago I fell in love with the house. The house, the gardens, and all of the surroundings gave me a deeper appreciation of Monet the man, as well as Monet the artist. It helped me to see how important it is to surround yourself with beauty and increased my need for personal creativity.

  7. Ariane Says:

    Bonnie, thank you so much! You can order a photo from my gallery I will send you a high resolution jpg file for you to print or have printed.

  8. Andrea Says:

    I just found a postcard of the room you photographed so beautifully here. I would adore getting a print of the postcard I have of Monet’s dining room. Do you, by chance, know how I might find it?
    Thank you very much!

  9. Ariane Says:

    I’ve never seen such a print but I can send you the file of the photo here and you can have it printed in large scale.

  10. Mary Beth Powley Says:

    I just found a framed photograph of Monet’s dining room at a garage sale. It is a signed copy of the room, I can’t make out the name of the photographer. Have others been allowed to take a photo of it?

  11. Ariane Says:

    Yes, in the past several photographers were allowed to take pictures inside Monet’s house, and it has been allowed to all visitors for a few years now.

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