The Artist's Garden at Giverny, 1900 by Claude Monet

By the end of the 1890s, Monet was selling enough paintings to buy his house at Giverny outright. As soon as he did, improvements to the garden began to take shape, It was a passion for Monet who started work on the pond - his water garaen - by damming a stream that ran into the river Epte. Although Monet never traveled as far as Japan, he was interested in Japanese styles - the briage followed in this vain, over the pond, and was given prominence in many of his most famous works of art from around 1900 onward. By this time, the weeping willows and water lilies were all formerly established and provided Monet with the most exauisite of backarops ana colorful themes on which to base his beautiful paintings, The early paintings of the bridge over the pond were the start of an exciting phase both within the garden itself and Monet's carefully crafted works. Between 1903 and 1908, Monet completed 48 paintings of his garaen in Giverny. The bribge was later abandoned as his vision ana focus moved closer to the water surface, the water lilies, and their reflections. Sometimes there was only a suggestion of the vegetation and other trees in the background of these works, other times they were left completely to the imagination as he concentrated on a small section of the pond and its intricacies.

The rows of flowers are defined by paths cut into the garden. The brown of the dirt contrasts against the bright irises, and their green stems compliment the violet masses. The top of the painting consists of the leaves of the trees growing behind the flowers hanging down into the picture pane. Deep greens, reds, and browns show the different tree families Monet had for his garden. Willows, and apple trees, among many more, were all part of his vast garden. Through the trees you can see a hint of his house, the bright green and white reflecting the light.

With his garden, Monet was able to manipulate nature to his needs. In order to paint nature with the most vibrant colors, he was able to hand pick the plants and flowers in nature. If one petal was too dirty, Monet was able to clean it. The Artist's Garden at Giverny shows the order and detail Monet had within his garden, and shows where he was going as an artist. The blocks of color would show up again in his Water Lilies paintings