The Gardens of Monet

How does your garden grow? The world of planting, growing, harvesting is a lifelong rewarding way of life – unfolding joys over the process. Leaning to the Master of floral gardening, Monet developed his earthy footsteps carefully in creating the most abundant floral gardens of the centuries. A bountiful profusion that lingers on over many lifetimes. K.J.Lee

Photography: The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil, 1881, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art,

“Since 2007 the Gallery and the Norton Simon’s series of loan exchanges have shared rarely lent works with new audiences on the East and West coasts,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. “The special installation of Monet’s two renditions of The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil allows us to learn more about the creation of the Gallery’s painting. We are grateful to the Norton Simon for their loan, which is a wonderful temporary addition to the outstanding works by Monet on view in our permanent collection galleries, including several others created during the artist’s time in Vétheuil.”

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Photography: The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil, 1881, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC—
Photography: The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil, 1881, oil on canvas, 
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC—

Two of Claude Monet’s paintings of the garden at his home in Vétheuil, France, were on view together for the first time since they were created more than 100 years ago as part of a long-term series of loan exchanges between the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

Monet reworking a scene painted en plein air

On view, Norton Simon version of The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil (1881) is believed to have served as the basis for the Gallery’s canvas of the same title. The paintings are the only two of the four known works Monet painted of this scene currently in public collections. They are a rare example of Monet reworking a scene painted en plein air later in his studio until he reached his final, magnificent composition.

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The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery’s Web site atwww.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt, Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc, and Instagram athttp://instagram.com/ngadc.EDIT

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The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery’s Web site at http://www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt, Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ngadc, and Instagram at http://instagram.com/ngadc.

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