莫奈的花园

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莫奈的花园(Giverny Monet’s Garden)

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在巴黎外不远

有着莫奈的花园

一百多年的风风雨雨

她依旧年轻美丽

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多少的黄昏

在池塘边沉思

多少的日子

对着花园拿起画笔

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成功与不幸

人生的曲曲折折

是水中漂浮的睡莲

开开落落

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却有着一座伊甸的乐园

千千万万年的思念

终将她建起

却不再天真与无虑

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去对着花园

去听那鸟语

如花儿般

在春风中绽放着美丽

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(图片来自网络)

Giverny Monet’s Garden

The son of a grocer, Monet defied his family, insisted he was an artist, and sketched the world around him: beaches, boats, and small-town life. A fellow artist, Eugene Boudin, encouraged him to don a scarf, set up his easel outdoors, and paint the scene exactly as he saw it. Today, we say, “Well, duh!” But “open-air” painting was unorthodox at that time for artists trained to study their subjects thoroughly in the perfect lighting of a controlled studio setting.

Monet loved to lead open-air painting safaris in the countryside, in order to paint everyday things — landscapes, seascapes, ladies with parasols, family picnics — in bright, basic colors.

It’s fitting that Giverny, located 50 miles outside the hustle and bustle of Paris, would become a colorful, flowering monument to Monet. In 1883, middle-aged Claude Monet, his wife Alice, and their eight children from two families settled into a farmhouse here, west of Paris. Monet, at that point a famous artist and happiest at home, would spend 40 years in Giverny, traveling less with each passing year. He built a pastoral paradise complete with a Japanese garden and a pond full of floating lilies.

In 1890, Monet started renovating his garden, inspired by tranquil scenes from the Japanese prints he collected. He diverted a river to form a pond, planted willows and bamboo on the shores, filled the pond with water lilies, then crossed it with a wooden footbridge. As years passed, the bridge became overgrown with wisteria. He painted it at different times of day and year, exploring different color schemes.

In the last half of his life, Monet’s world shrank to encompass only Giverny. But his artistic vision expanded as he painted smaller details on bigger canvases and helped invent modern abstract art.

In the last half of his life (beginning in 1912), Monet — the greatest visionary, literally, of his generation — began to go blind with cataracts. He used larger canvases and painted fewer details. The true subject is not really the famous water lilies, but the changing reflections on the pond’s surface — the blue sky, white clouds, and green trees that line the shore.

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