- Author: Claude Monet
- Museum: Musee d'Orsay
- Year: 1900 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
Artist's Garden in Giverny - Claude Monet. Oil on canvas, 81 x 92 cm
Claude Monet was one of the founders of impressionism. The artist lived a long life, and, unlike many of his colleagues, managed to enjoy the sweet fruits of fame and recognition. He preferred to paint landscapes from nature, trying to grasp the emotional mood of nature at different points in time.
In 1883, Monet acquired a manor with a garden in the town of Giverny in Northern Normandy. This house he saw driving past by train. Becoming the owner of the estate, the artist broke up a huge garden on its territory, which became his passion for many years. He landed there a lot of flowers and trees, drained the swamp and created the famous pond with water lilies.
More than 40 years, Claude Monet lived in this house. And all this time the wonderful garden inspired him to work. Monet painted many paintings in his estate. "Artist's Garden at Giverny" is one of them.
In the foreground of the work we see a path leading to the painter's house, in the frame of many beautiful quivering irises. The path visually calls for itself, hospitably inviting to follow to the building, whose pink walls with green shutters are seen in the thickets of tall trees.
And yet the main character of the picture is flowers. Irises seem alive. The breeze sways gentle petals. Mostly they are lit by sunlight. Monet expressively writes short, thick strokes. The master uses pure paints in painting, mixing them already on the canvas. His manner seems coarse, but the artist is perfectly able to convey the lyrical mood of the moment. The main color of the work are lilac, green, brown in different combinations.
The composition of the picture is balanced by the vertical trunks of the trees in the background. They visually expand the space and give a certain static character as opposed to the iris playing in the wind.
The painting has been preserved at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris since 1983. Before that, she was in private collections.
Other paintings by Claude Monet
Terrace in Saint Andresse
Lady in the garden of Saint Andress
Haystack near Giverny
The house of the customs officer in Varangeville
Basile and Camilla
Seine shore. Vetoy
A corner of the garden in Montgeron
Breakfast on the grass
Women in the garden
Houses of Parliament in London
Lady with umbrella
Haystack at Giverny
Pond with water lilies