Details: Infatuation with color, composition, and atmosphere drove Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) to capture the evanescent beauty of nature on canvas as well as in his gardens, and in both endeavors he created masterpieces. Horticultural designer and photographer Elizabeth Murray participated in the restoration of the gardens and returns yearly to record the daily and seasonal transformations that intrigued and inspired Monet. Here are 12 of her lush photographs.
Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926) was a French painter and a founder of Impressionism. He was a practitioner of its philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. Monet was fond of painting controlled nature: his own garden in Giverny, with its water lilies, pond and bridge, and up and down the banks of the Seine.