Living Monet: The Artist's Gardens by Doris Kutschbach


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Living Monet: The Artist's Gardens by Doris Kutschbach

As I am copying The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet right now at the NGA, and that it is April, when I can begin planting my annuals here in Northern Virginia without fear of a hard frost, it only seemed fitting to review an interesting book about Monet and his gardens.

I got this book about a year ago from a very dear friend, and I remember when I read it then, it inspired me to approach my work with a greater sense of appreciation at the importance of color harmonies, but to also embrace the variations found in the same species of plants. {A painting of Peonies was my first painting created after reading this book and beginning to incorporate some ideas I developed while reading it.}

This book is full of his lesser known paintings paired with photos (historic and contemporary) of his gardens. With a main emphasis on his last house and garden in Giverny.



“I work at my garden all the time and with love. What I need most are flowers” ~ Claude Monet


Overall, this book is eye-candy for the artist and gardener…





Living Monet: The Artist's Gardens