Le Jardin de l'artiste à Giverny

Le Jardin de l'artiste à Giverny
English: The Artist's Garden at Giverny
Artist Claude Monet
Year 1900
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 816 cm × 926 cm (321 in × 365 in)
Location Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Le Jardin de l'artiste à Giverny (English:The Artist's Garden at Giverny) is an oil on canvas painting by Claude Monet done in 1900 now the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

It is one of many works by the artist of his garden at Giverny over the last thirty years of his life.The painting shows rows of irises in various shades of purple and pink set diagonally across the picture plane. The flowers are under trees that in allowing dappled light through change the tone of their colours. Beyond the trees is a glimpse of Monet's house.[1]

In the context of Monet's oeuvre

Monet was 60 years old the year he completed this painting and had produced an immense body of work. He had become extraordinarily successful as well as famous.[2] By this time, he was analysing what he saw more and more until, according to William Seitz, "subject, sensation and pictorial object have all but become identical".[3]

In 1900, the year of this painting, he embarked on two major projects - a series of the River Thames in London and another series of his water gardens in Giverny, including some of his famous paintings of waterlilies, such as The Waterlily Pond (now in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston).

His dealer Durand-Ruel exhibited recent works, including a dozen Waterlilies[2] and he bought his friend Renoir's painting Mosque (Arabian Festival).[2]

The garden

Monet worked on and developed the garden that is the subject of the painting from the end of 1883 until the end of his life.

It was essentially a garden of perennials, highlighted by annuals. Monet established a number of basic principles to which he always adhered: bare earth was anathema to him; he avoided dark flowers; conversely, he could never get enough of blue ... he abhored single flowers, permitting double blooms only in roses and herbaceous peonies; and he loathed variegated foliage.[4]

Flowers planted and painted by Monet in his garden at Giverny
A tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) 
Iris Germanica 
One variety of Rosa alba 

Comparable paintings

Comparable Monet paintings with similar palette
Peony Garden (1887) 
The Artist's Garden at Giverny (1900) 
The Garden in Flower (1900) 


As well as in France, Le Jardin de l'artiste à Giverny has been exhibited in Australia, Belgium, Korea, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the United States.[5]


  1. "The Artist's Garden at Giverny". Studio of the South. 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Shackelford, George TM (2008). Monet and the Impressionists. Sydney, Australia: Art Gallery of New South Wales. pp. 123–125, 173. ISBN 9781741740295.
  3. Cited in Pool, Phoebe (1967). Impressionism. London: Thames and Hudson. p. 230.
  4. Joyes, Claire (2010). Claude Monet at Giverny - A Tour and History of the House and Garden. Montreuil: Fondation Claude Monet and Editions Gorcuff Gradenigo. p. 50. ISBN 9782353400805.
  5. "Claude Monet - Le jardin de l'artiste à Giverny". Musée d'Orsay - Collections. Musée d'Orsay. Retrieved 18 April 2016.

See also

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