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Gardens at Giverny Paintings by Claude Monet – Musée Marmottan Monet

Yellow Irises by Claude Monet, Musée Marmottan Monet

Yellow Irises by Claude Monet

Musée Marmottan Monet selection of paintings depicting different aspects of Giverny Gardens by Claude Monet include:

  • Yellow Irises
  • Day Lilies
  • Roses
  • Weeping Willow

Monet first rented a house and gardens in Giverny in 1883. The house was situated near the main road between the towns of Vernon and Gasny. As Monet’s fortunes improved with his increasing success, his painting sales, Monet was able to buy the house, the surrounding buildings, and the land for his gardens in 1890.

Monet’s family help to develop the gardens, and Monet built a greenhouse and a second studio. As Monet’s art sales grew, his garden grew and evolved. In 1893 Monet purchased additional land with a water meadow and began a large landscaping project, which included lily ponds. Claude Monet was the garden architect and eventually hired seven gardeners to help him.

White water lilies local to France were planted along with imported cultivars from South America and Egypt, resulting in a range of colors including yellow, blue, and white lilies that turned pink with age. Yellow Irises by Claude Monet is the result of his years of garden design driven by his fascination for color and light.

Yellow Irises

  • Title:                Yellow Irises
  • Artist:              Claude Monet
  • Year:                1917 – 1919
  • Medium:         Oil on Canvas
  • Museum:        Musée Marmottan Monet

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Day Lilies by Claude Monet

Gardens at Giverny Paintings by Claude Monet - Musée Marmottan Monet

Day Lilies by Claude Monet represent a range of Lilium plants, which is a herbaceous flowering plant growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Lilies are important in culture and literature in much of the world.

In the English Victorian Symbolism, lilies portray love, ardor, and affection for loved ones, while orange lilies stand for happiness, and love.

Lilies are the flowers most commonly used at funerals, where they symbolically signify that the soul of the deceased has been restored to the state of innocence.

Lilium longiflorum, the Easter lily, is a symbol of Easter, and Lilium candidum, the Madonna lily, carries a great deal of symbolic value in many cultures.

Day Lilies

  • Title:                Day Lilies  (Hemerocallis)
  • French:            Les Hémérocalles
  • Artist:              Claude Monet
  • Year:                1914 – 1917
  • Medium:         Oil on Canvas
  • Inv:                  5097
  • Museum:        Musée Marmottan Monet

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 Roses by Claude Monet

Gardens at Giverny Paintings by Claude Monet - Musée Marmottan Monet

Roses by Claude Monet are similar to the Monet french shrub rose which produces large blooms all over the bush. Each flower has different swirls of darker and lighter slashes of pink and cream.

Also, the Claude Monet Hybrid Tea Bush Rose is a beautiful, healthy, growing Hybrid Tea rose that produces blooms with striped roses with streaks of red, yellow, and white.

This french rose is bred by Delbard and has a pleasant perfume and has been named after Claude Monet.

 Roses

  • Title:                  Roses
  • French:              Les Roses
  • Artist:                Claude Monet
  • Year:                 1925-1926
  • Medium:          Oil on Canvas
  • Inv:                   5096
  • Museum:          Musée Marmottan Monet

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Weeping Willow by Claude Monet

Gardens at Giverny Paintings by Claude Monet - Musée Marmottan Monet

Weeping Willow, by Claude Monet, depicts a Weeping Willow tree growing at the edge of his water garden pond in Giverny, France. This painting is one of a series of Monet paintings of this Weeping Willow. Shadowy and writhing forms characterize the Weeping Willow paintings, express his grieving mood.

Monet had painted ten Weeping Willow paintings by 1919. These paintings were his mournful response to the tragedy of World War I. During the war, Monet’s gardens at Giverny were emptied of the people he knew as his family and household staff, was called into service or moved away from the advancing German army.

Monet could hear artillery fire during the war, but he refused to leave, preferring to share the fate of his gardens. Shadowy and writhing forms characterize the Weeping Willow paintings, express his grieving mood.

Weeping Willow

  • Title:                   Weeping Willow
  • Artist:                 Claude Monet
  • Year:                  1918-1919
  • Medium:           Oil on Canvas
  • Accession:         5080
  • Museum:           Musée Marmottan Monet

Claude Monet

Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting “Soleil Levant” or “Impression, Sunrise,” which was exhibited in 1874. Monet adopted a method of art in which he painted the same scene many times to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. Monet is known for having produced a series of paintings, in which all the versions consist of the same subject and perspective. Examples include his series of the “Valley of the Creuse” series and his famous series of “Haystacks” and “Water Lilies” paintings.

From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where at his home, he developed a garden landscape that included the lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, firstly with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings, with the water lilies as the main feature. This series occupied him for the last 20 years of his life.

Claude Monet

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“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
– Claude Monet

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Photo Credit: 1)Claude Monet [Public domain]

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