Copyright, Jim Lane
Giverny's house and garden, after the brief shower.
Copyright, Jim LaneMonet's Japanese Water Lily pond
(lovely even in the rain).
Copyright, Jim LaneAt Giverny, May showers bring May flowers.
Copyright, Jim LaneThe Japanese garden bridge today.
|Water-Lily Pond 18, 1899, Claude Monet|
Visitor's don't flock to Giverny to see Monet's house, or if so, they come away quite likely underwhelmed. They come to see what Monet saw. They take photos, many of which may end up rendered impressionistically with oils on canvas. I shot several that may fall into that category. Monet's greenish arched bridge crossing his water lily pond (which is actually a steam) is probably the most iconic of all the landmarks Giverny has to offer. A close second would be the arching trellis through which one approaches the front door of the house. Monet painted it both coming and going. Elsewhere, there are simply the flowers. Monet, it's said, employed seven gardeners. Giverny today has some forty employees who quite possibly keep the grounds more lively with blossoms for the benefit of the tourists than when Monet lived there.
|There's as much to see and do around Paris as there is in Paris. |
For the art lover, even a full week is much to short to absorb the
centuries of art, architecture, and culture the city has to offer.
|Claude Monet Painting, 1885,|
John Singer Sargent
Copyright, Jim LaneThe Giverny gardens from Monet's front steps.
|An illustrated map of the Giverny area... How's your French?|