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The Gardens Behind Monet’s Masterpieces

Claude Monet led the way in art history as the father of French Impressionism. But his paintings of water lilies and peonies weren’t confined to canvas. In addition to his work as a painter, Monet maintained stunning gardens, the inspiration for his masterpieces. Tragically, after World War II, his gardens were destroyed and left neglected. In the 1970s, Gilbert Vahé along with a team of gardeners brought the landscape back to its former glory, taking cues from Monet’s paintings to recreate the scenery. Ever since then, Gilbert has been watching over Giverny, protecting and preserving the legendary gardens.

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