At the junction of Greater Paris and Normandy, there is a small town called Giverny. Monet, the master of Impressionist painting 100 years ago, rented a house with a pink and green door frame here, and lived here for the rest of his life for 43 years.
Monet cultivated paintings every day. Seven years after he came here, Monet finally gained fame and was able to buy this house. This garden was the painstaking effort he planted himself in the second half of his life, and it was also his main painting object. In impressionist paintings, apart from Gauguin's sunflowers, the most famous is Monet's water lilies. These water lilies are in this garden.
The flowers in the garden, the mottled shadows of the trees, and the water lilies in the pond all corresponded to each other, reminiscent of Monet's life and the mirror of his mind.
Monet lived in Giverny for 43 years. He bought exotic flowers and plants from all over to decorate the garden.
In his paintings, he used countless brilliant colors to depict. Seeing this, you can't tell which one is reality and which one is painting.
In the 1890s, Monet began to concentrate and continue to create with the theme of "water lilies". Even though his eyesight began to have problems later, he still continued to paint, and he was still painting water lilies, and the bigger he was.
In his lifetime, Monet created about 60 "water lilies" group paintings. The realistic scenes where water and flowers blend come from the Japanese garden in the garden.
The poet Mallarmé described the water lily pond in his eyes in 1885: "It is thick white, contains an empty dream, contains a kind of happiness that never exists. All we can do is continue to hold our breath. Salute to the phantom... Before the unexpected footsteps came, when I walked away, this perfect flower was clearly visible in the rising blisters..."
Nowadays, more than a hundred years have passed, and the scenery in front of me is changed every few steps, and the scenery in front of me is reminiscent of a painting by Monet, which is simply a living prototype. Everything is just like yesterday. The life of the painter and gardener yesterday is also vivid.
Monet has long explored the expressive effects of light color and air, and often painted multiple pictures of the same object under different times and lights, expressing momentary feelings from natural light and color changes.
In the last 20 years of his life, Monet has been devoted to painting and perfecting this series of works. He seems to have invented a new method of painting. He is no longer obsessed with the dogma of the Impressionist School: depicting the psychological feelings of the moment. For him, painting is "presenting a whole illusion, and this whole has an infinite future." Space is no longer expressed through perspective. No one can point out which is the sky and which is the water in his paintings. The two are merged together, and the sky and water are one. We can only see the sky through the reflection on the water surface, clouds floating among the water lilies. The theme of the oil painting gradually melted and disappeared, leaving only a pure picture. So far, Monet can already be called a pioneer of abstract art.
Nowadays, in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, you can see the permanent collection of Monet's water lilies. Of course, if you have the opportunity, you can also visit the real Monet’s garden, which is open to the public.
How to reach Monet's garden:
The most common way of public transportation is to take a train from Gare Saint Lazare to Vernon in about 45 minutes. Then take the connecting bus to Giverny. Of course, you can also rent bicycles, just across from the train station, about 14 euros a day. Self-driving is the recommended way. The bus from Vernon to Giverny departs 15 minutes after the arrival of each train from Paris to here, and the round-trip ticket costs 6.5 Euros.
Address: 84, rue Claude Monet 27620 Giverny
Tickets: Adults 9.5 euros, discounted price 5 euros (children between 7 and 12 years old and students), free for children under 7 years old, free on the first Sunday of each month, 4 euros for disabled persons (EU students under 26 need a student card The discounted price is 5 euros, not a museum pass).
Marmodin-Monet museum combined ticket: Adults 18.5 Euros, discounted price 9 Euros (for children aged 7-12 and students), free for children under 7 years old, free on the first Sunday of each month, 4 Euros for the disabled (EU 26 Students under the age of 9 need to have a student card to have a discount of XNUMX euros, not a museum pass).