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The village of Giverny – a true beauty of Normandy

A beautiful picturesque village of Giverny is located between Rouen and Paris. It is a very popular holiday place among the French and numerous foreign tourists.  First of all, people come here to visit the famous museum-estate of the great painter Claude Monet with lush gardens. The artist painted many of his legendary paintings exactly here.

The first meeting Monet with Giverny was in 1883 when he was just driving past it on the train. Local beauty impressed the impressionist very much, so he returned here after a short time and rented a big house. At the same time, he settled down in Giverny with all his large family.

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Claude Monet loved these places, his home and had lived here during almost forty-three years, until his death in 1926. The grave of the great Frenchman is located in Giverny near the Church of Saint Radegonde.

The painter spent a lot of time developing own garden with many flowers, whose true fan he was. Later Monet bought the house and surrounding lands, where worked a lot on their decoration. Friends of the master Cezanne, Renoir, Manet, Matisse, Pissarro visited the estate often and helped their friend in his work. Due to their joint efforts the estate turned into a work of art. And it makes glad its guests today.

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The son of the painter Michel Monet gave the estate to the state. Nowadays the house is a museum of Claude Monet with almost all elements of furniture, jewelry, gifts from around the world, photos. An important part of the modern exposition – prints of Japanese painters (Hiroshige, Hokusai…).

The museum’s administration pays a particular attention to keep the gardens of the artist, retaining everything what was done by the creator. Walking through the garden, you’ll see landscapes that inspired the painter to paint pictures.

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However, not only Monet was a connoisseur of beauty of Giverny. In the late nineteenth century this place was discovered by many European and American artists. The village even has Museum of Impressionism, whose exhibition, for example, includes paintings of Metkolf and Sergeant.

The Norman village itself is also very attractive; there are many interesting things that can be seen only at this point. So, be sure, that a trip to Giverny will give you many pleasant impressions, even if you’re not a fan of the painting.

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