Claude Monet in Giverny, Alice's House
France • 49m
Directed by Philippe Piguet • Documentary • 2011 • 50 minutes
For 43 years - half of his life -, from 1883 to his death in 1926, Claude Monet lived in Giverny. When he settled in his house in Normandy, a new life began for the painter. He embarked on an innovative pictorial adventure, developing the technique of series, such as the Haystacks, the Cathedrals, and the famous Waterlilies, on which he worked for 25 years.
In Giverny, Monet also started a new family. Widowed and the father of two children, he moved to Giverny with Alice Hoschedé, mother of six. They married in 1892. Far from the hustle and bustle of Paris, Claude Monet came into his own and took his painting to new heights, lighting the way forward to the 20th century. He embarked on an innovative pictorial adventure, developing the technique of series, such as the Haystacks, the Cathedrals, and the famous Waterlilies, on which he worked for 25 years inspired by the beautiful garden he cherished where Japanese bridges complement the French landscape.
Told by Alice, the film relates Monet’s daily life in Giverny, based on unpublished letters and private photos, tied in with the scenery of today.
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