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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Monet’s Jardin Clos Normand (Closed Garden Normandy)

As much as I loved the peaceful tranquility of the Monet’s water lily pond I absolutely adored the closed garden in the front of his home. It was given its name, the Clos Normand, by Georges Truffaut, an esteemed French gardener.

From Monet’s second story bedroom window you could see the garden in all of its glory. To wake up to this everyday could inspire almost everyone to paint. 

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The arches were installed for the climbing roses by Monet and his staff.

From the time he first arrived at the house in Giverny in 1883 until his passing in 1926 Monet oversaw the sowing of millions of seeds and plantings.

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Tons of top soil was brought in and numerous gravel paths were created throughout the garden. They provide a systematic means of drawing the eye from one end of the garden to the other.

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Monet was truly passionate about the art of horticulture.

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Monet captured the garden as it matured several times over the years.

“Young Girl in the Garden at Giverny”~ Monet, 1888

I absolutely find myself now in need of a rose umbrella!

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The irises in full, glorious bloom.

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“Yellow and Mauve Irises” ~Monet, 1924-1925

Yellow and Purple Irises

I am still trying to research this beautiful rose. The scent still haunts me.

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I kept going back to smell it. :)

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What a feast for the senses!

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In touring Monet’s home and gardens I developed a deeper appreciation for the man. He truly lived his art. 

A color enhanced image of Monet in 1921 by Patrice Schmidt.

I hope you have enjoyed the tours of his home and gardens. Tomorrow we will focus on the village of Giverny itself.


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Rhonda said...

Sigh, that last image just stole my heart! Lovely images and the gardens are so beautiful.

Carol said...

I was just there three weeks ago. It was heavenly!

GSGreatEscaper said...

Roses, peonies, allium - so darn gorgeous. I wonder if giving everyone in the world paints would promote world peace? As Kipling said

The world is so full of a number of things
I'm sure we should all be happy as kings.

Lorrie said...

Such lush beauty - a wonderful assault on the senses. Gorgeous!

Bonnie said...

Loved seeing the garden in summer. Your photos and tour comments were enjoyable. Wish I could have strolled with you. The iris and roses are spectacular.

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

What a wonderful post. I love all things Monet.


The Charm of Home said...

Laura, I never realized Monet painted from his actual gardens or that he put so much effort into their appearance. This was just a stunning series of posts. I never thought I have really wanted to visit France, I am more of an anglophile with a lust to visit the UK, but you had me convinced I would like to visit France after seeing this! Thanks for sharing!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a over the top beautiful post Laura ! I've been to Paris tons of times and have never seen the country side - this is just so magnificent and makes me realize what I missed when I was oh so close !
Just beautiful !

Rita C. said...

Wow, don't you just wish you could capture a scent like we do photos and sounds? What an amazing man/artist. This is beautiful, and I'm so glad to see it well-maintained. Thank you for the tour.

Liz Hockamier said...

Monet is one of the only impressionists that I absolutely love. His art is so amazing. I love it that you got to see the gardens and I so wish that someday I can visit them. So beautiful!Thank you so much for sharing this post for Fresh-Cut Friday. It's the perfect addition! :)

Have a great weekend.