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Giverny Timeline
Giverny

1883

Forty-two-year-old Claude Monet settles in the village of Giverny with his two sons, Alice Hoschedé, and her six children. They rent an abandoned farmhouse with surrounding land for gardens.


Theodore Robinson

1886

American painters Theodore Robinson and Willard Metcalf come to Giverny in search of Monet.


Hotel Baudy

1887

The Hotel Baudy opens. It caters especially to the influx of painters eager to meet Monet and experience Giverny.


Robinson Portrait of Monet

1890

On November 17, Monet purchases the property at Giverny for 22,000 francs, approximately $91,000 dollars in today's currency.


World War I

1914

At the onset of World War I, many Americans leave Giverny effectively ending the art colony that flourished for nearly thirty years.


Monet's Grave

1926

On December 5, Monet dies and is buried in Giverny.


Michel Monet

1927

After Monet's death, his son Michel inherits the house and gardens, but Monet's stepdaughter Blanche Hoschedé-Monet becomes caretaker for the property.


Blanche with Monet

1947

Blanche Hoschedé-Monet dies.


Ellsworth Kelly

1951

Ellsworth Kelly visits Giverny and gains access to Monet's late paintings, which were stored haphazardly in the studio.


Joan Mitchel

1955

Joan Mitchel moves from New York to France. She later settles in one of Monet's former homes in the village of Vétheuil, about ten miles from Giverny.


Mus´┐Że Marmottan

1966

Michel Monet dies in an automobile accident. He bequeaths his father's house, gardens, and remaining paintings to the French Académie des Beaux Arts. The paintings are housed at the Musée Marmottan in Paris.


Restoration of Giverny

1977

After years of neglect, the restoration of Monet's house and gardens begins under the leadership of Curator Gérald van der Kemp. The Académie des Beaux Arts and American philanthropist Lila Acheson Wallace establish artist-in-residency programs at Giverny.


Newly opened Giverny

1980

The restored Giverny estate opens to the public.


Lucier still

1983

Video artist Mary Lucier visits Monet's gardens and is inspired to create a work linking her native Ohio to the once-again-famous destination for artists.

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Art Escapes

2007

Some half million visitors travel to Giverny each year, including thirty-five people from the Columbus Museum of Art's Art Escapes.

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