Friday, July 11, 2008

Monet's Garden

Featured in this month's July/August issue of Veranda magazine was Monet's Garden. Claude Monet ~ Famed French Impressionist Painter.

At Monet's home in Giverny, he made for himself a beautiful landscape in which he could observe, and capture on canvas, variations in light, color and atmosphere.

Here is the Japanese bridge draped with wisteria blossoms, one of his favorite subjects to paint.

He created floral spectaculars in his garden and on his canvases.

Here is his two-story, pink stucco house in Giverny surrounded by flowers. Isn't it beautiful?

The garden and house were restored by the Foundation of Claude Monet over a ten-year period and opened to the public in 1980. Below is a picture of his bright yellow dining room with blue and white porcelain dinnerware.

Blue and white tiles and polished cookware ornament his kitchen.

And the famous Water Garden, which is located across from his home. ~From a small pond fed by a brook, the site grew in majestic proportion to the painter's vision, and its waterlilies became the subject of his monumental canvases that grace the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures of Monet's Garden. Veranda magazine is one of my favorite magazines.
Today I must run some errands and clean the house and since it's raining outside I plan on reading a book I picked up at Goodwill yesterday titled "Emma's Secret" by Barbara Taylor Bradford. I'm only a quarter of the way through and I love it! Can't put it down.
Tonight I pick up Galen at the airport and we probably won't get home till midnight.
Have a good weekend!


Jan said...

That was such lovely eye candy for a Friday. Thanks Donna. I love that magazine Veranda. It always keeps me happy. You have a great weekend with the hubby and doggies.

I loved the bridge with the wisteria. I wish I was there today.

Hugs Jan

Beverly said...

Monet's home is a magical place which well represents the magic he created. Impressionism is my favorite, and I would have a hard time choosing a favorite between Renoir and Monet.

Donna said...

Goodness the photos are beautiful!! Happy weekend!hughugs

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I didn't know his house was pink and how come my flowers don't grow like that? :) Have a fabulous weekend Donna ~ Lynn

Abby Creek Art said...

What a gorgeous place...I've always wanted to go there.

I have a real garden now with this new house. I need to fly you in to help me, Donna!

Deb said...

I have never read the magazine Veranda ~ I should look for it next time I am in Chapters. The article on Monet's Garden sounds wonderful. I loved the photo with the purple wisteria.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I haven't picked up that magazine for quite awhile but after looking at those lovely photos, I think I must!

I've read that book! I enjoyed it, too!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. Christy:-)<><

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. Christy:-)<><

Firefly Hill said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos! I also love seeing the photos of your home -- it is charming!


Rhondi said...

What a coincidence, both of us blogging about artists on the same day! I love Monet's work and his home. I just picked up a book at the library recently all about his home and garden. It was a wonderful book.
Are you getting this heat and humidity were are? It's awful.
Hugs, Rhondi

Mary said...


Oh, my. Monet is so wonderful.

Your first painting, Japanese bridge draped with wisteria blossoms, is my favorite.

The rooms are light and so perfect. Ahhh.

Thanks for the eye candy.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Donna, Monet is such an inspiration and Giverny is spectacular. Thanks for letting me know about Veranda featuring Monet, I must get a copy. I painted a painting of Lily at Giverny last year. There is a great cookbook called Monet's Table which features his favorite recipes and shows off that incredible kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration. Karen