Monet’s Garden evokes Monet’s lush garden at Giverny, the impressionist’s home from 1883 until his death in 1926. Inspired in the paintings of the impressionist, the exhibitions will run the 21th of October and they will feature a seasonally changing display of flora, currently a spring kaleidoscope of poppies, roses, foxgloves, irises and delphiniums inside the botanical garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservancy.
Claude Monet was born in Paris in 1840, and died in Giverny in 1926. He is precisely buried in Giverny church cemetery, near his fantastic Japanese garden, that one which inspired his later works, that one which is going to be evocated in New York now.
Claude Monet was the founder of French impressionist painting. His painting ‘Impression, Sunrise’ named the movement.
The idea was to paint to plein-air because artists can leave their ateliers for the first time in history. Before, they should be there, making the colors and the canvas. In Monet’s times these materials started to be sold in drugstores.
The idea was to paint quickly, to catch a moment of the light (tomorrow, light will change… they said).
The idea was to paint only with the three primary colors (red, blue and yellow), plus black and white, because our eyes would mix them, as it happens.
Short brushes, crescent-shaped… a brilliant effect!
Retired in Giverny, old and nearly blind, Monet painted his garden and painted it with big shapes, blue lilies and anemones he still can see in spite of his cataracts.
A fantastic work.
His source of inspiration, that garden he personally designed around his home, it deserves to be evocated now in New York.