His iconic paintings were often inspired by the lush landscape
Claude Monet’s Impressionist paintings aren’t his only legacy. In the French village of Giverny, his vibrant gardens, which the artist tended for more than 40 years, are just as impressive, attracting tourists from around the world. “Monet composed his garden like a well-balanced palette,” writes author Adrien Goetz in the new book A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny ($35, Flammarion), which offers an up-close view of the artist’s property. “In the Clos Normand, he dug regularly shaped rectangular beds that were each assigned a color. The result is never monotonous because the palette constantly changes.” To this day, the landscape continues to burst with hyacinths and tulips, rhododendrons and water lilies, cosmos and sunflowers; it’s not surprising that the gardens inspired many of Monet’s best-known works. Read on for a tour of the verdant space.