From our base in Rouen, we recently visited Monet’s house and garden during our tour ‘Impressions of Normandy’. Of his water garden, Monet said “It took me some time to understand my water lilies… I cultivated them with no thought of painting them… One does not fully appreciate a landscape in one day… And then, suddenly, I had a revelation of the magic of my pond. I took my palette. From this moment, I have had almost no other model.” Indeed, he created around 250 paintings of water lilies. More quotes from Monet and other artists of the time about Monet can be found on the Foundation Claude Monet website.