Claude Monet © Eure Tourisme, O. Aubert

The famous pink-rendered house

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The famous pink-rendered house

When, in 1883, Monet set off to find a new house for him and his family on the Vernon - Gasny train line, he discovered Giverny through the window, he immediately recognized the unique light of the Seine Valley. It was love at first sight. Monet was "certain he would never find such beautiful countryside anywhere else".

 

Maison de Claude Monet, Giverny, Eure, Normandie © Eure Tourisme

 

 

Visiting Monet's house is an opportunity to know more about his private life:

The little blue sitting room, the pantry, the studio-sitting room where Monet used to work until 1899 and which was then turned into a drawing room. This room has been meticulously recreated in 2011. On the walls, about sixty reproductions are hung according to a closely-packed arrangement copied from the rare photos of the painter in his house.

The staircase to the upper floor leads to Monet's private apartments: his bedroom with a view over the garden, the bedroom of his wife Alice and his step-daughter Blanche, which have also been meticulously recreated.

 

 

chambre de Claude Monet, Fondation Monet, Giverny, Eure, Normandie © Fondation Monet

The visit continues with the dining room, which is decorated with Japanese prints. Monet had the whole room painted in two shades of yellow: one pale and one deep. The large table could seat up to 15 guests. In the large kitchen, covered with blue tiles from Rouen, the huge cook stove still takes centre stage along with its many copper utensils. Close to the house, the large Water Lily Studio now houses the gift shop.

 

 

The house also holds an exceptional collection of Japanese prints, of which Monet was also fond. His collection contains more than 200 prints made by famous Japanese artists: Hokusai (1760-1849), Hiroshige (1797-1858), Utamaro (1753-1806), which are exhibited here and there in the different rooms of the house.