|Public planters, Chartres|
|Sidewalk café, Vernon|
|A planter on the bridge over the Seine, en route to Giverny|
When we arrived crowds were already lining up to see the house and studio where Monet centered his painterly vision on impressions of his own gardens.
|At the door|
|Solanum, dahlias, gladiolus|
|Sunflowers and morning glories|
|Portrait of Monet the garden director|
|Mexican sunflower and cleome|
|Dahlia and solanum|
|A tableau in the studio today|
Monet dammed a stream to endow a lily pond. It became the culminating subject of his painterly life. His attention seemed to shift from celebration to contemplation.
|The Japanese bridge|
|Returning to Paris|
|The Luxembourg Gardens|
Claude Monet's legacy remains accessible to his fellow citizens in several distinguished museums. Toward the end of his career he wanted to make a monumental gift to the nation.
In conjunction with former Premier George Clemenceau, Monet conceived of a series of eight water lily panels, Les Nymphéas, each up to forty feet long, to be displayed in the building that had once given winter shelter to the orange trees of the garden of the Tuileries. The French government reconfigured L'Orangerie into a large oval room illuminated diffusely with sunlight.
A small portion of Les Nymphéas at Musée de l'Orangerie|
The paintings curve with the walls, enveloping the audience.