Monet: The Garden Paintings



Claude Monet (1840-1926) went to live in the village of Giverny in 1883. The landscape painter swapped his nomadic lifestyle for a reclusive existence, devoting himself exclusively to painting his impressive garden. He spent years working, isolated and undisturbed, on his magnum opus: a large decorative ensemble depicting the reflections on the surface of his water lily pond. Monet regarded his Grandes Décorations as his legacy, and in the course of the project he painted hundreds of canvases that he never sold or exhibited.

When Monet died in 1926 he was a celebrated artist, but his paintings from Giverny did not receive a positive reception when they were posthumously revealed. Critics and art historians regarded the water lilies as an inferior element of his oeuvre, the work of a blind old man. This perception eventually changed, thanks in part to an exhibition at the current Kunstmuseum Den Haag which, for the first time, presented Monet’s water lilies as true masterpieces. These paintings have now become Monet’s trademark, and his most beloved works.

This lavishly illustrated publication focuses on the period Monet spent in Giverny and on the creation of his final masterpiece. It also charts how Monet’s water lilies have been received over the years.

With essays by Frouke van Dijke, Astrid Goubert, Marianne Mathieu and Benno Tempel.


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Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 11.75 × 9.75 × 1.0 in