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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monet’s Water Lily Pond

After viewing Monet’s maison (home) it was just a short walking distance to the bassin (pond) area.

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The water lily pond is perhaps most closely associated with Claude Monet and his home at Giverny.

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He began painting the water lilies in 1899 and did not stop. Always a master of perspective and light studies, Monet created over 250 paintings in the series.

“Le Bassin des Nympheas” (The Basin of the Water Lilies) ~Claude Monet, 1904

There are subtle differences in each painting depending on the season in which they were captured.

“Nymphéas” ~ Claude Monet, 1907

Some of the paintings were created after Monet had developed cataracts.

“Nymphéas” ~Claude Monet, 1915

While the lilies did not happen to be in bloom during my visit (they flower in the summer) there was still plenty of lovely and interesting things to behold.

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The lupines were magnificent.

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As were the glorious tulips. They could be found in all the shades of the rainbow and included fringed, parrot and single early specimens.

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My mother, Nadine, grew fuchsias in her garden. I’ve also heard them referred to as “bleeding hearts”.

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Numerous varieties of early spring roses grew wild and smelled heavenly.

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There were several winding and watery paths surrounding the grand basin. 

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And of course the famous Japanese bridges. Monet painted the bridges a certain shade of green that was not found in any of the natural shades of the garden so that they would stand out a great distance.

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The Japanese bridge was a central focal point in many of his water lily paintings.

“Water Lilies and the Japanese Bridge” ~Claude Monet, 1897–99

I love this color enhanced image taken of Monet on his bridge in 1922.

Hanging over the Japanese bridge was the most luscious white wisteria I have ever seen.

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I had to wait very patiently for a photo op.

Although many of you commented on previous French themed posts that there seemed to be no other tourists, let me assure you, they were present in droves. I would just wait patiently (and sometimes not so patiently when others cut in front of me :) to get the shot I wanted.

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In doing so this meant my dear, darling cousin Linda (mon compagnon de voyage~ my traveling companion) also waited with me. The woman is a saint!

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I would not hesitate to return to this delightful garden again and again to see it at different seasons.

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Tomorrow we’ll visit Monet’s Jardin Clos Normand.


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Louise said...


ellen b. said...

Beautiful photo of you. I'm glad you waited patiently.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh so beautiful, the gardens are stunning and your pictures are always so beautiful.

Vel Criste said...

Monet is my favorite artist and I truly can't wait to visit there someday. Thank you for the lovely tour Laura, always a delight!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

This is so beautiful, it barely looks real. We had a Monet print hanging in our house, and when our son was in first grade, he freaked out thinking it was a real Monet, after they had studied him in school. He thought we were going to be millionaires!
Lovely, lovely photos!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

So excited to see this amazing place through your lens, Laura!
I never made it to Giverny, but I skipped the Louvre for the Musee d' Orsay!
When I was an art docent at C & J's school, we studied Monet in the month of May!
withLove and LOVE of Claude Monet!

martinealison said...


Je comprends que vous soyez émerveillée par la beauté des lieux. Ce jardin est féerique...
La photo de vous est très belle sur le pont... Votre foulard très impressionniste aurait plu à notre grand et talentueux artiste !
Merci pour le partage de vos clichés et pour cette jolie promenade...

☼ Je vous souhaite un très bel été. ☼
Gros bisous♡

the cape on the corner said...

in april, i could not get a picture of the bridge with no one on it. we waited, believe me, we waited, and then i just had to give up.