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New library display window to feature Monet’s Garden

“These landscapes of water and reflections have become an obsession… I hope that something will come of all my efforts.” –Claude Monet, 1908.

SOLON– This spring the Solon Public Library’s display window takes us to France– 40 miles northwest of Paris, to visit Giverny, the home and garden of the great painter, Claude Monet. Described as the most visited garden in the world, this beautiful setting was the subject of many of Monet’s paintings, including his water lilies, featured in our display.
Born in 1840, Monet broke with traditional painting and began what is now known as the Impressionist Movement. He saw form as color, and left the artist’s studio to paint outdoors– trying to capture light and the impression of fleeting moments and color in his landscape painting.
Monet moved his family to Giverny in 1883, and developed his garden to enjoy, and also to paint for the rest of his life. The garden fell into disrepair after his death, but efforts and funding to restore it were successful– the garden was re-opened to the public in September 1980.
The staggering variety and beauty of the plantings through the seasons make the garden itself a work of fine art– equally as beautiful as Monet’s paintings.
Our display reproduces the Japanese bridge over the water lily pond. Iris line the bank, and wisteria covers the little bridge and climbs the willow trees. Several of Monet’s prints are displayed in the scene, with his palette and easel.
Of special interest to Solon gardeners is Monet’s love of roses and extensive use of them in his landscaping at Giverny. Two climbing roses he used repeatedly–Dorothy Perkins and Paul’s Scarlet Climber– can actually still be found growing here in Solon amongst old plantings around foundations. They are both climbing roses, one pink and the other scarlet red, blooming once each June. Dorothy Perkins is often incorrectly called Seven Sisters, and Paul’s Scarlet Climber is mistaken for the very common red rose Blaze.
If you bring a child to see the display, be sure and read the book, “Where is the Frog” together. It’s the story of a small frog who wants to be in a Monet painting. Look carefully and perhaps you can find the little frog hiding in the display. The book will be found in the shelf beside the window.