The life of Claude Monet was stormy and full of hardships. In 1895, at the age of 55 years old, Monet bought the Jardin d’Eau (or Water Garden). This place in Giverny became his home for the last years of his life and was the inspired background for his famous paintings of the lily pond and Japanese bridge.
The artist was fond of flowers and his house was placed in the middle of paradise. The changing seasons could always be observed: spring daffodils, tulips, rhododendrons, and irises would be replaced by poppies, lilies, roses and sweet peas in summer, and then by dahlias, sunflowers and hollyhocks in autumn. All of these flowers can be seen on Monet’s masterpieces. Nowadays, both house and garden have been transformed into a museum.
Claude Monet’s house and gardens are open to visitors during the blooming season, from late March all the way up to November 1st.