EAN13
9782353403356
ISBN
978-2-35340-335-6
Éditeur
Gourcuff Gradenigo
Date de publication
Nombre de pages
288
Dimensions
28 x 24 x 2 cm
Poids
1800 g
Langue
français
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Monet's garden at Giverny : Rescue and restoration

Gourcuff Gradenigo

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When Gérald Van der Kemp arrived at Giverny in
1977, he was greeted by a desolate prospect of dead trees, muddy quagmires and tangled thickets of
brambles and weeds. Monet’s sadly neglected house and garden, bequeathed by his son Michel Monet to the Académie des Beaux-Arts, offered a challenge to which Gérald Van der Kemp, formerly the chief curator of the Palace of Versailles, was to prove more than equal. With the aid of head gardener Gilbert Vahé, he replaced the dead trees, cleared the overgrown flowerbeds, rebuilt the Japanese bridge and widened the paths, ready to welcome the
visitors who now flock to Monet’s garden. With its
planting schemes planned with reference to archive
documents and Monet’s own correspondence with
his plant suppliers, the garden at Giverny now once
again offers continuous displays of flowers from
April to November.
Richly illustrated with photographs, contemporary
images, paintings and archive documents, this book traces the remarkable story of the gardens that inspired Monet and his water lily paintings, and of the second lease of life that has been granted to them. It bears witness to the skills, imagination and dedication of a remarkable project lasting over forty years that has re-created the unique settings that inspired Monet’s paintings.
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