Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Inspiration, and Insights from the Painter’s Gardens
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with ribbon marker and jacket
140 pages, with over 75 color photographs, along with color garden plans, transparent overlays for garden designs, and historical photographs
Text, photographs, and illustrations by Elizabeth Murray
Size: 8.75 x 8.75 in.
A professional gardener and artist, Elizabeth Murray helped to restore the Giverny gardens in the 1980s and has since enjoyed privileged access to the site, where she returns regularly to capture Monet’s passion at its most radiant and riotous. In this redesigned, updated edition of , Murray discusses the development and history of Monet’s Giverny estate and brings new insight to Monet’s approach to gardening and design. Emphasizing his keen understanding of color balance and his genius for maximizing the effects of light, Murray explores the favorite color combinations and techniques with which Monet experimented in both painting and gardening—each pursuit informing the other. Murray’s lush photographs chronicle the present-day gardens, and a section titled “Bringing Giverny Home” provides detailed Giverny-based garden plans that can be executed anywhere. Full-color illustrations of the gardens, a list of the plants originally used by Monet, and a plant cultivation section round out this immensely helpful guide to creating year-round beauty in one’s own backyard.