In News on Tuesday 19th Nov, 2013

Visiting Monet’s Garden

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This is the next instalment of Ann’s blog. Read At last, ParisDelicacies of San SebastianMad about Madrid and Historical Cordoba to see her previous updates. 

First it was an awareness, then a dream, then a goal and finally a plan. Appreciative Inquiry says desire, dream, decide, do.

Today I did it. Monet’s garden in Giverny was every bit as wonderful in reality as it was in the DVD, books and paintings. It is amazing, having seen it in all these media to actually be there. Life will never be the same again.

These are the actual water lilies, Japanese bridge and the house of Monet. Almost lost but restored to its original state and maintained for all to enjoy.

This is where the genius, who even with cataracts had incredible visual acuity created a garden so that he always had subjects to paint. This is where the man who struggled financially, yet supported his friends who had lost everything, found love having lost it, united a family, built a bridge between two cultures and helped Japanese art leap (literally) into a new dimension. He led the way, in the face of great opposition in the early days, of the impressionist artists.

Of himself, he said: “Apart from painting and gardening, I am good for nothing”. Yeah.

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Ann’s blog #25