Sunday, July 15, 2007

Waterlilies and Japanese bridge -.- Monet

In Giverny, about 80km from Paris, you can visit the house of Claude Monet with the garden where he made his most famous paintings. In contrast to Vincent van Gogh and other contemporaries, Monet had money and lived in a comfortable home with a nice studio. The whole house is filled with ukiyo-e woodblock prints which many of the European painters collected and used as inspiration. Van Gogh included  some ukiyo-e in the background of his painting of Le Père Tanguy and copied a famous ukiyo-e print by Hiroshige in the Bridge in the Rain after coming across ukiyo-e in the gallery of his brother Theo.