A one-day excursion from the palace built in Versailles by Louis XIV, one of the greatest kings of France,which represents the triumph of classicism, to the Giverny home of Claude Monet, one of the leaders of the impressionist painters, who broke the academic and classic codes of painting to invent a new movement in art.
Leaving Paris in a private car, you will visit the Palace of Versailles and the gardens during the morning. Entering through a private entrance, you will go directly to the private KIng’s apartments, where, until the Revolution of 1789 chased Louis XVI and his family from Versailles, all the kings could enjoy some privacy, away from the strict protocol of the court and their daily public routine. Smaller rooms, lower ceilings, an elegant decoration, this was far from the imposing “grandeur” of the public apartments you will visit next, the apotheosis being the famous Hall of Mirrors, which many of the european kings of the time tried to imitate in their own palaces. Classicism in architecture, painting, furniture is at his best in Versailles. the best artists of the time worked for the Kings.
After a stroll in the famous gardens designed by Le Nôtre, in the french style, with geometrical flat strips, groves and fountains, you will head to Giverny, discovering, on the way, the greenery and the picturesque villages of Normandy which inspired the impressionist painters and attracted Claude Monet. He bought a house in the village of Giverny and spent the last 40 years of his life, painting some of his most famous canvases.
Light and color were of utmost importance for impressionists and Claude Monet found both in this part of Normandy and it inspired his work as a painter and as a gardener. His gardens designed like a painting are full of color from Spring to Fall.
The house is just like it was at the time Monet lived there and received all his friends, painters, writers and Georges Clemenceau, who played an important political role during WWI and supported him as an artist all his life.
A visit to the museum of impressionism will close your visit to Giverny, before getting back to Paris.