Following Monet’s disappearance, his property gradually fell into decline. Thanks to generous donations, especially from wealthy American patron Walter Annenberg, the house and gardens were beautifully restored. They have become a magnet for huge numbers of tourists, along with a second, related art museum, also set up thanks to generous American donors. Franco-American artistic links go back a long way at Giverny. American Impressionist Theodore Butler became a good friend of Monet’s here and would, in due course, marry two of his stepdaughters.
The picturesque village of Giverny still draws artists as well as an art-loving crowd, as you can see from its galleries, plus it has many welcoming teashops and restaurants.