The French painter Claude Monet is famous for his
impressionist painting of gardens. Monet
loved Japanese water gardens. Although
he never visited one, he read about them in books. When he purchased land in
Giverny, France, he decided to add a pond with a Japanese style bridge, covered
in wisteria. One of his more acclaimed paintings depicts this famous scene.
For more than twenty years Monet found inspiration for his
art in the seclusion of this water garden. Weeping willows and other vegetation
surround the pond. Monetís painting were
noted for the reflection of the beautiful plants and bridges in the water of the pond.
He loved to show the inverted world mirrored in the water.
Today Monetís garden has been restored, the graceful
Japanese bridge rebuilt. Visitors can tour the gardens, walk on the bridge, and
look into the pond that inspired him.