When Monet welcomes you at the entrance of The Late Years, he gazes with pride and affection for Giverny. More specifically, it’s a photo of Claude Monet in his garden, surrounded by profusions of trees and flowers. He worked very hard cultivating it and looks like a pretty satisfied, lucky guy. Yet the garden was an antidote to grief surrounding the deaths of his wife and son, as well as sadness in the aftermath of World War I. The process of painting that sustained him is on glorious display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and it’s powerful viewing.
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