Monet’s construction of his garden at Giverny

Monday 30 April, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Clare Willsdon

Admission free, donations welcome

Art historian Clare Willsdon suggests new ways of understanding Monet’s creation of his garden at Giverny, which he described as his ‘most beautiful work of art’.

She will explore how Monet’s horticulture was a creative reconstruction of site and locale, whose results subtly complemented his green-shuttered, pink-painted house.


Clare Willsdon is Professor of Western Art at Glasgow University and is the author of 'Impressionist Gardens' and 'Country Gardens: John Singer Sargent RA, Alfred Parsons RA and their Contemporaries'.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust

Image above: Detail from Claude Monet, The Water-Lily Pond, 1899