In 1895, two married, successful artists, Frederick
and Mary Fairchild MacMonnies
, bought an old priory in the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet was the reigning artistic deity. High walls enclosed their house, studios, and a terraced garden, which became a center of activity for the American art colony drawn to Giverny.
A frequent visitor was Will Hicok Low
. During my research, I read his amusing and generous-hearted book A Chronicle of Friendships
(1908) with pleasure. To see one of his paintings of the MacMonnies’ garden, click here
. For one of her garden paintings, click here
A nursery for the MacMonnies children with Mary’s copies of murals by Puvis de Chavannes on the back wall exemplifies the MacMonnies’ way of making their home as ideal a world as possible. Unfortunately, Frederick had affairs with (more…)