Monet’s Passion - Ideas, Inspiration, and Insights from the Painter’s Gardens
(20th Anniversary revised edition, Elizabeth Murray)
A comprehensive gardening book, essential for garden-lovers everywhere. This anniversary edition book consists of 140 pages including 6 transparent overlays for garden designs, 8.75 x 8.75 inches Smyth-sewn casebound, with ribbon marker and jacket.
In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of Monet’s Passion, this completely revised and redesigned edition of Elizabeth Murray’s best-selling book offers new text and new images—as well as new garden plans based on Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny.
Alongside historical photographs and reproductions of Monet’s paintings, Murray’s text discusses the development and history of Monet’s renowned Giverny estate, bringing new insight to Monet’s approach to gardening and design. Emphasizing his keen understanding of color balance and his genius for maximizing the effects of light, Murray explores the favorite color combinations and techniques with which Monet experimented in both painting and gardening—each pursuit informing the other.
Murray, a professional gardener, photographer, and artist, spent nine months as a gardener at Giverny in the 1980s and has since enjoyed privileged access to the site, where she returns annually to photograph. In Monet’s Passion, over seventy-five of Murray’s photographs chronicle the present-day gardens, and a section titled “Bringing Giverny Home” provides:
"detailed do-it-yourself garden designs, including organic kitchen and container gardens for urban gardeners. Full-color illustrations of the gardens, a list of the plants originally used by Monet, and a plant cultivation section round out this helpful guide to creating year-round beauty in one’s own backyard".
About the Author
Author, photographer, painter, and garden designer Elizabeth Murray assisted in the restoration of Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France, and has been photographing them annually for more than twenty-five years. Her work is housed in several museums and private collections, including the De Young Museum of San Francisco and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Murray is the author of numerous gardening and art books, including Painterly Photography: Awakening the Artist Within and Cultivating Sacred Space: Gardening for the Soul. She resides in Monterey, California, where she designs gardens as healing spaces and teaches creativity classes using photography, painting, and flowers.
World-renowned author, photographer, painter and garden designer Elizabeth Murray spoke at Eastman House on Monet's gardens in Giverny, which she helped to restore and has extensively photographed.