TRACEY FAHY

Artist Gardens

Monet’s Garden, Giverny

Spring at Monet’s Garden. These photographs were taken during my stay on the Munn Program.

There are two parts to the garden: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road. Monet would find inspiration in this water garden for more than twenty years. After the Japanese bridge series, he would devote himself to the giant decorations of the Musée de l’Orangerie.

Not a fan of constrained gardens, he married flowers according to their colours and left them to grow freely. He exchanged plants with his friends Clemenceau and Caillebotte and was always on the look-out for rare varieties, which he bought at great expense.

I work at my garden all the time and with love. What I need most are flowers, always.”  Claude Monet (1840–1926)

With gratitude to the kind generosity of Jan Huntley and Foundation Claude Monet.