The story goes that the artist Claude Monet was travelling by train through the northern part of France when he saw the house and land at Giverny and decided then and there to buy it. In 1890 he did precisely that and went on to design and create the gardens and water gardens. His famous series of paintings of waterlillies number 250 and are some of the most recognisable in the world. During much of this time he suffered from cataracts. Here is a photograph of the gardens:


And here is a painting by Monet:


My next painting is by an artist called Brent Heighton and simply entitled Giverny. I think it is a print of a watercolour but it is signed by the artist. Brent is an interesting man and has been painting for over 30 years. He is Canadian and winters in Mexico and spends much of the rest of the year travelling. From his website his paintings appear to be very bright and vibrant so I think this one may have faded over the years.