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Giverny Monet's Gardens near Paris is one one the most famous places in France. Claude Monet's joyful paintings are touching the heart of many. The cute garden he designed was the inspiration of many of his best paintings. Religiously kept as it was by passionate gardeners, it is georgeous in spring, summer and fall.The bus tour from Paris to Giverny Garden is competing with the tour to Versailles Palace as the most popular bus tour from Paris. Famous places in France.

Giverny Monet's Gardens facts

Claude Monet, a French painter, was the most famous impressionnist painter. His painting, Impression soleil levant, gave its name to impressionism. Musée d'Orsay and Marmottan Museum in Paris have many Claude Monet's masterpieces. In addition, Claude Monet's house and garden in Giverny keep alive his memory. The garden is maintained in its original design. It reminds of famous Monet paintings like the Japanese bridge, the waterlilies.

84, rue Claude Monet
Giverny 27620 France

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Giverny Monet's Gardens history

Claude Monet was born in Paris in 1840. A painter, Monet rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting and learned from nature itself. Monet observed variations of color and light caused by the daily or seasonal changes. Claude Monet settled in Giverny, a lovely village in Normandy near Paris in 1883 and untiringly transformed what was an abandoned domain into a floral masterpiece, to be the inspiration for many of his greatest works of art.

Claude Monet traveled a lot, but he was never really far from his garden . Through constant correspondence, he kept a close eye on his family and garden. Frequent visits from his friends and admirers turned Giverny into the center of his existence. Until his death in 1926, the great painter would never really leave his Giverny house.

Claude Monet in Giverny
Claude Monet in Giverny

Giverny Monet's Gardens detailed history

Except for a few trips, Claude Monet, one of the greatest representatives of Impressionism, has never really left the Seine River Valley, since his childhood in Le Havre, the sea harbor, his youth in Paris, then frequent stays in Bougival and Argenteuil, until his final and permanent installation in Giverny, downstream from Paris in Normandy. The open-air painter Eugène Boudin, noticed Claude Monet’s caricaturist talents in 1858 and encouraged him to work in the open. It was a decisive step for the young painter. The following year, Monet left Le Havre to go to Paris.

Terrace at Sainte Adresse near Le Havre
Terrace at Sainte Adresse near Le Havre by Monet

In Paris, Monet attended the Swiss Academy, where he met Camille Pissarro. After two years of military service in Algeria, Claude Monet was back in Paris. In 1862, he entered the studio of painter Charles Gleyre. Monet in his turn persuaded his fellow students Frédéric Bazille, Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley to paint outside and follow him to the forest of Fontainebleau. In May 1864, Frédéric Bazille joined him to work on the Normandy coast, along with Boudin and Dutchman Jongkind. Monet painted many times on the Normandy coast.

A boat in Honfleur – 1864 - Monet
A boat in Honfleur – 1864 - by Claude Monet

For Claude Monet, painting was an obsession, to which the artist must sacrifice everything. He was early on influenced by Corot, Boudin, Jongkind and Manet. With Femmes au jardin (1867), Monet broke with the "classical" representation of landscape, traditionally attached to the transposition of a state of mind. This painting conveys, without the mediation of romantic intentions, a fleeting moment of the brilliance of nature in spring. This work, which still belongs to the technique of Manet, was refused at the Salon of 1867, and bought by Bazille to help Monet (in June 1868, Monet, in misery, tried to commit suicide). We can also see in this painting the "impressionist" research of a directly seizable atmosphere.

Femmes au jardin by Claude Monet
Femmes au jardin by Claude Monet

In the winter of 1868, during a stay in Etretat, a seaside resort, Monet painted one of his many landscapes of snow, la Pie, where the bird is only a punctuation standing out on the canvas invaded by a multitude of different whites.

La pie by Claude Monet
La pie by Claude Monet

During a stay in Bougival in the summer of 1869, Monet worked with Renoir. The two painters systematized the principle of the division of tones as in la Grenouillère by Monet, one of the masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay.

La grenouillère by Claude Monet
La grenouillère by Claude Monet

End 1870, Monet joined Pissarro in London, where the landscaper Daubigny introduced him to the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. During his stay in England, he painted fog landscapes, including the Parliament of London (1871).

The parliament in London by Claude Monet
The parliament in London by Claude Monet

After a visit to Holland, where he acquired Japanese prints that revealed to him daring framing processes, Monet returned to France in 1871, shortly after the end of the war. In the last days of the same year, he moved to Argenteuil, creating in this small town on the banks of the Seine the real home of the Impressionist movement. His painting Impression Soleil Levant, painted in 1872 in Le Havre, was the target of the group exhibition organized on April 15, 1874 by photographer Nadar. This painting, now in Marmottan Museum in Paris, gave its name to impressionism.

Impression soleil levant by Claude Monet
Impression soleil levant by Claude Monet

Even in his urban landscapes, such as the views of the Gare Saint-Lazare painted in 1876-1877, Monet exercized his vision of what he called a maximum of appearances, in close correlation with the unknown realities.

TGare Saint Lazare by Claude Monet
Gare Saint Lazare by Claude Monet

In 1878, the painter moved to Vétheuil before settling permanently, five years later, in Giverny, where he resided until the end of his life. Giverny is the story of a love at first sight. While on the train from Vernon to Gasny, the artist saw the village and fell in love with the place. In 1883, he moved to Giverny with his family. For 43 years, Monet lived a happy and inspired life in what was a remarkably remote place at the time.

The house of Claude Monet in Giverny
The house of Claude Monet in Giverny

Monet got his inspiration from the pink-plastered house he acquired in 1890 and the surrounding gardens. As passionate with gardening as with colors, he gradually developed the large gardens. With infinite patience, he planted and sowed ageres, anthemis, nasturtiums, cherry blossoms, geraniums, iris, tulips, roses and other flowers. Monet bought the land below his property on the other side of the railway line. The place was crossed by a small watercourse, the Ru. Monet digged a basin dedicated to the culture of water lilies, an aquatic plant whose flower is majestic. A green Japanese bridge across the basin became one of his favorite subjects of paintings.

The japanese bridge in Giverny
The japanese bridge in Giverny

Claude Monet and Giverny Gardens are closely and emotionnaly related. So are the Orsay Museum and Marmottan Museum in Paris, both exhibiting many masterpieces by Claude Monet and other prominent impressionist painters. Combine a visit to Musée d’Orsay and to Giverny gardens in a one day Normandy bus tour dedicated to Claude Monet.

Nympheas in Giverny
Nympheas in Giverny

Biography of Claude Monet
1840 – Birth of Claude Monet in Paris 1857 – Monet produces his first caricatures in Le Havre 1859 - Claude Monet meets Pissaro in Paris 1861 - Military Service in Algeria 1862 – Monet entered Gleyre’s studio in Paris where he met Renoir, Sisley and Bazille 1866 - Meeting with Manet who will become an excellent friend 1870 - Marriage with Camille Doncieux, with whom he had a son, Jean, in 1867 1879 - Death of Camille 1883 - Monet settled in Giverny where he met Cezanne 1892 - Monet married Alice Hoschedé 1908 - Trip to London 1911 - Death of Alice 1923 - Monet, almost blind, was operated. His sight improved. 1926 - Claude Monet died in Giverny

Flowers in Giverny
Flowers in Giverny


Giverny Museum of Impressionisms

It is in Giverny, the village chosen by Claude Monet, that we find the Giverny Museum of Impressionism, buried in the heart of Normandy nature. Since 2009, its vocation is to make known the origins, the geographical influence and the development of this artistic current which has upset the history of painting. In this perspective, the museum makes its visitors discover the history of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, in France and abroad. Without forgetting that this artistic movement, born during one of the richest periods in the history of French art, remains a source of inspiration for many artists today.

Two annual exhibitions allow you to admire masterpieces from all over the world. Web site in French.

99, rue Claude Monet
Giverny 27620 France
Giverny Museum of Impressionisms
Giverny Museum of Impressionisms

Paris to Giverny bus tour

Giverny is a village along the Seine river, 80 kilometers downstream from Paris. Locate Giverny on France map. From Paris, take the A13 or A14 freeways, exit Vernon. In Vernon, cross the bridge on the river and follow Giverny signs. A simple way to visit the house and garden of Monet in Giverny is a guided bus tour (not in winter). Combine the visit of Giverny with a visit to Versailles, a one day bus tour.

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Waterlilies in Giverny garden
Waterlilies in Giverny garden

Giverny + Auvers sur Oise bus tour

Auvers sur Oise is a village along the Oise river, 30 kilometers from Paris, where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last sixty days of his short life. Locate Auvers sur Oise on France map. A simple way to visit Auvers sur Oise and, at the same time Giverny Monet's Gardens, is a guided bus tour (not in winter).

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Auberge Ravoux in Auvers sur Oise
Auberge Ravoux in Auvers sur Oise

Giverny apartment

Offering a barbecue, Les Ramier is situated in Giverny, 300 m from Giverny Gardens. Free WiFi and private parking is available. Located above an art gallery, both apartments have a seating and dining area. There is also a kitchen, fitted with a dishwasher. An oven and microwave are also offered, as well as a coffee machine. Towels are available. Les Ramier also includes a sun terrace. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Giverny.

66, rue Claude Monet
Giverny 27620 France
Stay in Giverny apartment
Stay in Giverny apartment

Restaurant near Giverny

The Normandy landscape around Giverny is lovely: the rolling Seine river banks with castles such as La Roche Guyon, the small Epte river make up a delicious countryside.

Close to Giverny, Moulin de Fourges is a charming French restaurant in a water mill. A lunch there near Giverny is included in the Versailles Giverny bus tour from Paris.

38, rue du Moulin
Fourges 27630 France

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Restaurant near Giverny
Le moulin de Fourges restaurant near Giverny