Artists are often at the forefront of radicalism and the French Impressionists of the 19th century were certainly in that category - at first vilified and rejected by the establishment and later revered. Their use of mixed paints and thin brush strokes created a sense of movement and light that revolutionised painting. One of The Movement’s founders and greatest exponents is Claude Monet whose work has become priceless and globally recognisable.
Think of Water Lilies and you think of Monet’s painting. Imagine standing on the edge of the very pond where Monet created that painting. Imagine wandering around the house he lived in and strolling around the beautiful gardens he created. One of life’s great treats is the chance to do just that. Claude Monet Foundation has retained and lovingly restored his pink plastered house, gardens and its beautiful surroundings – allowing visitors to see the house and environment in Giverny that inspired him. This is a stunning legacy to a stunning artist and generation after generation will follow the 500,000 visitors a year that currently visit this remarkably preserved museum and gardens.