Spring Eternal

Do you believe in love at first sight? As he sat one day on a train halfway between Paris and Rouen, Claude Monet glimpsed the passing countryside of a small village through his carriage window. Tired of his usual motifs as well as his Impressionist companions, the sight renewed Monet like a fresh spring shower. Driven by his vision, Monet rented a house in the pastoral tiny town. The year was 1883. The village was Giverny.


Joining him in what charitably would be called an unconventional household were his two young sons, left motherless when Monet’s wife, Camille, died four years earlier, and Alice, wife of Ernest Hoschede, Monet’s patron, together with their six children. M. Hoschede, a Paris businessman trying to rebuild his fortune after a major recession, spent most of his time away.


By the time Monet died in Giverny some forty years later, this tiny village in the bend of the Epte River, undisturbed for centuries except by the occasional warring duchies coveting its land and vineyards, became synonymous not only with Monet’s name, but his images as well. In a sense, he created it. He bought the house he was renting, married Mme. Hoschede after Ernest’s death, and changed the landscape forever when he diverted part of the Epte River to build two water gardens. Water lilies became his motif and Giverny a tourist stop.


Life, as it turns out, is short. On the other hand, the evanescent, ungraspable spring remains eternal.


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25 Responses to Spring Eternal

  1. Kathryn says:


  2. PJ says:

    So Beautiful, Jorge,
    Funny..I just purchased a book on Monet. It is very nice.
    Hope your long weekend is a relaxing, happy one. As for me , I shall work Saturday and Sunday, but then will take Monday off.
    Unril next time…..Keep smiling.

  3. Aafrica says:

    beautiful picutre. beautiful prose! how insignificant we, human beings are.

  4. redvelvet says:

    Hi Jorge… sorry I haven\’t left a comment in awhile… I have been overwhelmed lately… I like this post & the photo is beautiful… Makes one hope that love at first sight is a possibility… Thanks for always being faithful in stopping by my space… it is much appreciated…

  5. Jaime Campbell says:

    Wonderful entry.  I adore Monet.  Van Gogh is my fave, but Monet is right up there. 
    I forgot about the "F" entry until just now!  🙂  I\’ll do that tomorrow.  Hugs. 

  6. the1stephzen says:

    I emailed the blog entry to my friend.  He wrote me an email.  The door is again open.  I am happier.  He and I aren\’t conventional and I know many friends worry because of the outward signs, but I trust my own heart….and even if not to happiness with my friend…it is leading me where I need to go.  Thank you for commenting!

  7. Cheryl says:

    Beautiful picture and did he mary his patron\’s wife or daughter?  Just curious.

  8. Fructose says:

    Beautiful prose and pic. I believe in love at first sight but haven\’t experienced it. Thank you for sharing. Have great week ahead.

  9. Charlotte says:

    Sooooo interesting!!!  thanks for sharing all that information….  Now, I know a whole lot more about Monet that I ever did before… Have a great weekend, hugs, lottiemae

  10. Gayle says:

    I do believe in Love at first sight and I am hoping that someday it will believe in me! 
    As always, your entires inspire; evoking emotion, stirring memory and creating imagery.  Thank you.

  11. Deborah says:

    Yes, I\’m a sucker for romance, and believe in love at first sight.  I am a huge fan of Monet and really enjoyed this blog.  I enjoy everything you write though, so no surprise there.  My OCD friend is seeing a slew of doctors and unfortunately when he doesn\’t drink he over medicates.  I can\’t seem to get his parents to understand that they are in danger of losing another son by babying him.  Due to some things that needed tending in my own life, I\’m back home for a couple days, and I made his mother promise me that she would call if there is any trouble.  We\’ll see.  Thanks for your comment.
    Blessed be,

  12. Beach Bum says:

    Terrific story!  Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Jaime Campbell says:

    Hey Friend,
    Have a great Memorial Day weekend.  I posted about "F!"  🙂 
    Joy to you.

  14. Intensely says:

    Lovely piece. I always feel touched and inspired after reading your blogs. Hope you are well.

  15. Gelert says:

    I had the pleasure to visit Giverny the other year and its beautiful. The water lillies were out and it was weird to think of him painting there. The house too is marvelous. Have several photos I took there. Well worth a visit.

  16. dawn says:

    Hi Jorge,
    Have a delightful spring!

  17. jane says:

    Your photos of the other conturies are very nice, and I am passing by~~ enjoy your life!! Jane White 🙂

  18. Joe says:

    Hey J.,
    Thanks for stopping by.  I\’ve been all work & no play.  My company has a benefit: every 7 years you get a sabbatical — every 7 years you get 8 weeks off paids (in addition to vacation).  It just seems you have to work twice as hard the 8 weeks leading up to it.
    You\’re blog reminds me of a story.   My wife & I had a gift certificate from my sister to spend a weekend at the Madrona Inn, a winery/bed & breakfast in the wine country.  I was busy unloading stuff from the car & had noticed a print on the wall that was entitle "Claude Monet".  I didn\’t pay much attention until I had finally unpacked everything.  I finally said to my wife, "Honey, that is not a Monet".  It was a portrait of a man smoking a cigarette.  She (more cultured than myself) said, "No Hon, that IS Monet".  I had no idea what he looked like up until then.
    Best Wishes,

  19. Marie says:

    After being away for 6 months, I am home and it feels soooo good!!  You are so right about Monet\’s love for Giverny – love at first sight which lasted until the end.
    Hugs, Marie

  20. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge,  More than just a few years ago the Art Institute of Chicago hosted a Monet exhibit.  The huge water lilly paintings were most impressive but the gallery full of haystack paintings brought me to tears.  The woman I was with just squeezed my hand and kissed me on the cheek.  She knew. 
    As ever be well.  Stephen

  21. PJ says:

    Good Afternoon Jorge,
    It is always a pleasure to see that you have stopped by my place and left a happy, thought provoking comment.
    You, as well, have a most fabulous and well deserved holiday, if indeed you are actually not working.
    Until next time…Keep smiling!

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  23. Kathryn says:

    just stopped by to read that last sentence again *smile*

  24. Red says:

    What a beautiful post!

  25. Suzalita says:

    I have Paul Cezanne\’s atelier on my list of things to see this summer when we visit France…I want to paint thier with my 8 yo daughter and I have it on my mind to look up how far Giverny is from where we are staying – I am a Monet fan too….great photo!

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