OIL PAINTING: The Waterlily Pond, 1919
In 1883, Claude Monet discovered Giverny, a town located at the frontier of Normandy, on the right bank of the Seine. He slowly transformed the house, passionate to the point of obsession with its plants and flowers. He joyfully created a flower garden with floral and tree species from Japan, and later a strange and tangled water garden, with black bamboo, ferns, bean trees and waterlilies. (Here Monet built a vast workshop in which he painted almost all his major Waterlily works.) This garden included a Japanese bridge that this "gardener-artist" completed with a structure to stimulate the growth of the wisteria. The garden was designed to encourage the lively intensity of colors, drawing the spectator's attention to their diversity, depth and shades. According to the artist, the garden was "pleasant and agreeable to the eyes, and also provided subjects to be painted". Monet never ceased caring for it. Even during his absences, whether long or short, his letters always included multiple recommendations.