The gardens “defined [Monet]. They gave him life. They added kind of spiritual zest to his being and they obviously were absolutely central to his conceptions about art.”
– Paul Hayes Tucker –
This is a more recent article from the NY Times travel section about visiting Giverny and Claude Monet’s house and gardens. We went out there on Wednesday. Impressionism was not a big focus of the course, but it is undeniably one of the isms of modernism, and it’s a good day trip and the students loved it. The following morning we visited Les Nymphéas at the Musée de l’Orangerie to further contextualize his work. Both experiences were, as the French might say, impressionnant.
All of my photos from Giverny can be seen here.