Claude Monet moved to this property in Giverny, France when he was 43, and lived there for the rest of his life. The house and gardens developed according to his tastes, which were then reflected in his art. I think this is why the estate, now a museum, is so admired: It exemplifies how Monet created a complete world, how his art and his life were one.
Monet kept records of the recipes his family enjoyed, prepared by their devoted cook Marguerite. A true French bourgeois family of their time, the Monets dined lavishly, not out of formality, but because they drew great pleasure from every detail. This was precisely what Impressionism was about: The joys of everyday life. It’s easy to sneer at the Impressionists as lightweights just painting pretty things
Lisa: I like the Impressionists
Sideshow Bob: The boy bands of the art world…
Thanks to Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood, where I found these postcards. There were others in the series, but these three were my favorites. I decided not to be one of those collectors who buys them all just to have them all. I think Monet would agree on the value of recognizing what speaks to you and focusing on it.