In Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny, the author and photographer takes readers on a tour of Monet’s gardens in France at Giverny. Dominique Lobstein, the writer, and Jean-Pierre Gilson, the photographer, offers a view into Monet and introduces you to those with whom he shared his life.
It would be too cliché to call this a coffee table book, as the short stories grabbing your attention will make it hard to put the book down. Though if required, it is decorative enough to hold down a table. The author pairs past guests and the approximate dates of their visits with his narrations based on real people and events. This garden book has a unique perspective.
Gardens were Claude Monet’s Inspiration
In 1883, Claude Monet rented a house in Giverny, which had an orchard. The artist builds his life around the grounds and later buys the house. Named Clos Normand, it is the muse for his art: Monet’s painted works reflect the gardens he built up through the subsequent years.
Monet wanted open landscapes and seemed to have an eye for symmetrical layouts. In 1901, he enlarged the pond; the muse for the canvases he painted with waterlilies. The green shutters, stairs and railing complement the garden without forcing the plants to compete for attention.
In 1966, Michael Monet donated the buildings and gardens to the Institut de France.
Writer and Photographer
The stories in Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny were written by Dominique Lobstein. He is an experience author and expert on middle to late nineteenth-century art and is the head of Musée d´Orsay’s library.
Photographs in the book were taken by Jean-Pierre Gilson. He is a notable landscape photographer whose work has appeared in publications such as Scotland, Ireland and Territoires de France.
About Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny
Garden readers may location Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny with ISBN 978-1-4197-0960-9. This garden book was published by Abrams on September, 2013. The hardcover book has 136 pages with 80 color photographs.
A garden book about Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny is sure to warm the heart to stay gardening during a long winter.