Nature into Paint:
A virtual visit of the Gardens of Giverny and Monet’s Waterlilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie
In 1883, the Impressionist painter, Claude Monet took refuge in the tranquil, tiny village of Giverny, where he devoted himself to painting and gardening. For the next forty-three years, he cultivated his plants with immense care while simultaneously capturing the diverse flora, shifting light, shimmering water and its reflections in his canvases. We will step into the painter’s shoes and take a virtual walk through the splendid gardens that he himself designed, amble over the Japanese bridge and stroll along the banks of his waterlily pond. We will examine how he drew inspiration from the garden at Giverny, which he painted over 300 times, culminating in a large-scale painting cycle which Monet called, “paysages d'eau” or water landscapes. Then, we will traverse the Seine, virtually, to see Les Nympheas first-hand at the Musée de l’Orangerie, which Monet created as monuments to peace after World War I. We will study how he transposed his garden and waterlily pond into strokes of paint, with an attention to light, color, atmosphere, and the cyclical patterns of nature. We will consider how nature unwaveringly inspired Monet until the very end of his life and pushed him towards abstraction.
When? Thursday, April 22nd, 2:00-3:30 pm
Where? On Zoom - Connect from your home or office.
Who? For Oxford Garden Club Members. This experience is led by Lauren Jimerson, Ph.D.