A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny (Hardcover)
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This beautiful slipcased volume offers an intimate tour inside Monet's home and through the idyllic Giverny garden that inspired his most iconic paintings. Monet first spotted the village of Giverny from the window of a train and then relocated to the rural haven outside Paris in 1883. Monet was an artist with a passion for painting landscapes and outdoor scenes, and the garden at Giverny soon became the Impressionist master's greatest artistic accomplishment and a catalyst for his work. In 1890, Monet began renovating it, installing a picturesque water lily pond inspired by the Japanese prints he avidly collected. The setting of Monet's Water Lilies series--his most famous works--it is now the most visited garden of its size in the Western world. The beautifully vivid illustrations of Monet's paintings, his home, and the grounds give readers unprecedented access into the flowery paradise to which Monet dedicated the last forty years of his life. Lovers of garden design and Impressionist art are invited on an intimate tour via this handsome volume.
About the Author
Adrien Goetz, art historian, writer, and lecturer at the Sorbonne, has written several books, including a volume on Giverny. He contributes to numerous reviews and publications and his arts column has run in Le Figaro since 2008. Hugues Gall, director of the Fondation Claude Monet since 2008 and a member of the Giverny Museum of Impressionism, is former director of the Opéra de Paris and the Grand Théâtre in Geneva. Francis Hammond specializes in lifestyle photography; his work has appeared in many books, including Historic Houses of Paris (Flammarion, 2010) and Versailles: A Private Invitation (Flammarion, 2011).