Monet’s Garden in Giverny with Marie Dessaillen

Monet’s Garden in Giverny with Marie Dessaillen


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Join an art historian to discover one of the most fascinating and original gardens of France, created by Claude Monet and the inspiration for his last series of paintings, the Water Lilies.

Claude Monet is one, if not the most famous of the impressionist painters. But he was also a fantastic gardener, who could not move into a new house without spending hours with his shovel planting colorful flowers. His last house happened to be in a little village of Normandy called Giverny, an hour away from Paris. There, he spent the last 43 years of his life, surrounded by his family, trying to keep his fans at bay, working on his two gardens and his series of paintings. This is where the Haystacks and the Poplars were painted. But the series that fascinated him the longest was the Water Lily paintings.

Monet was passionate about Japanese engravings, which he started collecting in his thirties. The Japanese gardens, as he saw them in those images, spoke of poetry that touched him. He wanted to paint his own take on them but could not find in France a similar landscape. But Monet always painted "en plein air", to recreate perfectly the changing of light and colors. When he finally reached commercial success, he bought some land on the other side of the train tracks at the end of his flower garden, and slowly turned it into what he imagined a Japanese garden must look like. A large pond, a little bridge, some weeping willows, and water lilies. It was his private space. And he spent the rest of his life painting it.

Led by art historian Marie Dessaillen, this interactive discussion will show how this constant immersion in his garden led Monet to his most modern paintings. We will focus on the evolution of the series, the influence of Japan in the perspective as well as the subject, and how Monet donated his last work to the French State for a new museum dedicated to his Water Lilies, to ensure that the visitors would appreciate all the optical effects of his paintings.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Elaine (Dallas, US)
A Magical Visit

I have taken many classes with Marie, and this one is among my favorites. Visiting Giverny with her gave me a fuller, richer understanding of Monet's life and work. She is an excellent guide, and her passion is contagious. I look forward to more classes with Marie!

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Marz (Hampton, US)
Superb lecture

This was a beautifully put-together lecture. Very informative about Monet, his times and work, and the gardens at Giverny and their context as a French/Japanese garden. One of the best lectures I've seen on Context Learning and I have seen a LOT of lectures.

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K. Watson (Vernon, CA)
Fascinating presentation on the life and work of Claude Monet and his famous home and gardens in ...

Mlle Dessaillen gave us a passionate and extremely informative presentation on the life of Claude Monet, his great works and the gardens that were both purpose-built for and inspired his paintings. The graphics she included were a visual feast and we came away understanding the many aspects of the paintings he made of the gardens. She also gave us tips on when to go and how to look at the gardens and his paintings should we get a chance to visit Giverny.

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Anonymous (Rockaway, US)
She was animated and fantastic!

Marie was well educated in the material presented and I was glued to my screen for 2 hours!

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JV (Littleton, US)
Giverny

Excellent!

Customer Reviews

Based on 37 reviews
97%
(36)
3%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
E
Elaine (Dallas, US)
A Magical Visit

I have taken many classes with Marie, and this one is among my favorites. Visiting Giverny with her gave me a fuller, richer understanding of Monet's life and work. She is an excellent guide, and her passion is contagious. I look forward to more classes with Marie!

M
Marz (Hampton, US)
Superb lecture

This was a beautifully put-together lecture. Very informative about Monet, his times and work, and the gardens at Giverny and their context as a French/Japanese garden. One of the best lectures I've seen on Context Learning and I have seen a LOT of lectures.

K
K. Watson (Vernon, CA)
Fascinating presentation on the life and work of Claude Monet and his famous home and gardens in ...

Mlle Dessaillen gave us a passionate and extremely informative presentation on the life of Claude Monet, his great works and the gardens that were both purpose-built for and inspired his paintings. The graphics she included were a visual feast and we came away understanding the many aspects of the paintings he made of the gardens. She also gave us tips on when to go and how to look at the gardens and his paintings should we get a chance to visit Giverny.

A
Anonymous (Rockaway, US)
She was animated and fantastic!

Marie was well educated in the material presented and I was glued to my screen for 2 hours!

J
JV (Littleton, US)
Giverny

Excellent!