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Art and Life

By Linda Tancs

You’ve heard the expression:  which came first, the chicken or the egg?  In a similar vein, does art imitate life or does life imitate art?  Well, at Monet’s home and gardens at Giverny in France, the line between art and life is more like a blur.  In fact, when you view the master impressionist’s abode in this village northwest of Paris, you’re likely to feel like you stumbled into one of his paintings.   You won’t find any of his originals on the premises; you’ll need to visit d’Orsay, Marmottan or de l’Orangerie to see those.  But you will find in his garden oasis the blooming water lillies he made so famous.  The house will reopen in April for tours.  From then until 1 November you can observe the changing cascade of color–from springlike pastels to the deep brilliant hues of autumn–that makes his artwork come to life.  Less than an hour away from Paris, buy a packaged tour, drive or take the train to Vernon and then a bus or taxi ride will have you there in 10 minutes or so.  No doubt the still beauty of the place will leave a lasting impression on you.

 

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