Location 4 At the gateway to Normandy, 75 km from Paris and 60 km from Rouen 4 On the right bank of the River Seine, where it joins with one of the two branches of the River Epte
History 4 1838: Gallo-Roman graves are said to have been discovered in Giverny. 4 1860: Coffins made out of plaster (dating from the first centuries of our era) and a ruined megalithic monument, indicating that neolithic people used to live there, were found in Giverny. 4 Grapes were cultivated in Giverny as early as Merovingian times.
Monet and Giverny 4 1883: Claude Monet discovered Giverny while he was looking out of a train window. 4 At the time, the population of Giverny was about 300, mostly farmers and a few middle class families.
Monet and Giverny 4 Monet rented “the Press House,” a large Giverny farmhouse with a vegetable garden and orchard over one hectare in size. 4 He moved in with his “lady friend,” Alice Hoschedé, his two sons, and her six children. 4 Monet’s house is between the Claude Monet Road, which runs straight to the village, and the “Chemin du Roy” (Secondary Road 5), which follows the River Epte.
Monet and Giverny 4 Monet stayed in Giverny until his death. 4 1890: Monet became the owner of “the Press House.” 4 He created the Clos normand, which has 100,000 annuals and 100,000 perennials, in front of the house. 4 Monet also diverted a branch of the Epte River, and had a waterlily pond dug on the other side of the road.
Monet and Giverny 4 At Giverny, Monet began by painting the surrounding countryside, gradually limiting himself to his water garden. 4 Many times, he depicted the Japanese bridge and the waterlilies.