Seeking a tranquil place to simultaneously indulge his twin passions of painting and gardening, master impressionist Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) moved to the small Normandy village of Giverny in 1883. Finding a house on a verdant plot of land, he began transforming its grounds into a painter’s paradise, planting extensive gardens of infinitely variable color and form. The project occupied the rest of his life and resulted in some of his most famous paintings.
After Monet’s death, the gardens were neglected until the 1980s, when an effort aided by photographer and horticultural designer Elizabeth Murray restored their former grandeur. Murray returns to the gardens regularly to photograph the ever-changing beauty that so inspired Monet.
Murray’s firsthand knowledge of the grounds illuminates the twelve vivid photographs and accompanying descriptions in this calendar.
Each monthly grid has the previous and next month views and observes major public and culturally significant international holidays and lunar phases. Weeks run from Sunday to Saturday.
This calendar was printed using soy-based inks on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Dimensions: 12 x 13 inches; Opens to 12 x 26 inches