Portrait and landscape painter Claude Monet founded the painting style known as Impressionism -- a French pictorial movement that would mark a turning point in the history of painting during the 19th century -- along with Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. With Monet, everything changed; the use of colors, light and subjects.
The French region of Normandy in the Eure territory would become one of his main sources of inspiration, most notably the town of Giverny, near Vernon, situated in the Parisian region near Barbizon and Auvers-sur-Oise. Monet lived in Giverny for 43 long years (1883-1926) in a charming home that is now a museum and a registered historical monument. In fact, Monet’s home and gardens welcome 500,000 visitors a year (we highly recommend choosing skip-the-line tickets for free or guided tour). Each visitor has the chance to personally discover the Impressionist master and his family in their romantic home superbly preserved and surrounded by trees and flowers, all of which appear to bathe in an impressionistic light. At the Giverny residence, one can tour his workshop-living room and bedrooms as well as admire his furniture, famous collection of Japanese prints (another source of inspiration for Monet), and a plethora of colors.
Outside, the water garden lures you into an aesthetic universe overflowing with different flora chosen by Monet -- wisteria, azalea, rose and peony to name just a few. There’s also a pond, a Japanese bridge, weeping willows and of course, the water lilies immortalized in his paintings and in the series, Water Lilies or Les Nymphéas, which became one of his major works (even though he was nearly blind!) and which is now housed at the Orangery Museum in Paris.
Monet was buried at the Giverny Cemetery in 1926. In homage to Monet, a yellow and red rose that bears his name was made. The home and gardens of Monet in Giverny are like a veritable, living painting in which one can wander at leisure, a natural masterpiece saved from destruction thanks to American patrons and donors.
PAROSCityVISION offers an excursion to the Claude Monet Foundation (84, rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny) that houses the home, workshop and gardens of Monet. The Foundation is open every day from April 1 to November 1, 9:30 am to 6 p.m. Book your Giverny skip-the-line tickets online with PARISCityVISION and save time!
Visit the gardens of Giverny. Take your time as you amble along the exquisite flower beds and inside the house of Claude Monet.
Small groups or private tours. Visit the gardens of Giverny, the House of Claude Monet, and the Museum of Impressionism. Transport by minibus from your hotel in Paris, return to your hotel.
Small groups or private tours. Discover the gardens of Versailles and the Grand Apartments. Visit the gardens and house of Claude Monet as well as the Museum of Impressionism. Depart from and return to your accommodation in Paris. Lunch included.
Small groups or private tours. Visit the gardens and house of Monet, and the Museum of Impressionism in Giverny. Stop for lunch at Moulin de Fourges. Then head for Auvers-sur-Oise and its famous Auberge Ravoux. Minibus trip departing from Paris.
A guided day tour with two must-see destinations close to Paris. Discover the Gardens of Giverny, with free time to visit the studio and House of Claude Monet. Then head to the Palace of Versailles, with free time to stroll through the gardens. Stop for lunch at Moulin de Fourges.