‘The Artist's Garden at Giverny’
Oil on Canvas
Throughout his life Monet had been an avid and knowledgeable gardener. It was at Giverny, however, his last home and the place he lived at for the longest, that his vision for a garden became a reality. He was meticulous in his approach to planning the garden, which expanded over the gears to incorporate his now famous pond. Monet undertook extensive research for his garden and planned and planted his flowerbeds with the colour of his blooms and the time of their flowering foremost in his mind to produce a coherent aesthetic throughout.
His garden was a constant source of inspiration to him, particularly in later life, and included one especially important flowerbed planted in memory of his beloved aunt. The flowerbed was below the artist's bedroom window and was an exact copy of one that his aunt had had, and he had painted, at her home in Sainte-Adresse.