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Famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet, arrived at his house in Giverny in 1883; he lived and painted there for 43 years until his death in 1926. The flower garden, called Clos Normand, is in front of Monet’s house; in 1893, he bought the property across from his home that would become his Japanese-inspired water garden. Monet was directly involved in planning his gardens, in essence shaping the subjects of much of his work. This view is from the famous Japanese Bridge draped with wisteria as depicted in numerous Monet paintings.