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Claude Monet's largest work was his creation of the garden at his home in Giverny, 40 miles outside Paris. It is also the subject of most of his later paintings. The garden is now a national heritage site owned by the French government, and visited each year by thousands of tourists. The garden continues to be maintained much as Monet had kept it.
Photographer Richard Nilsen photograhed it in several visits over the years 2004 and 2006.
Richard Nilsen was art critic for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Ariz., for 25 years. He was also the classical music critic, the dance critic, the opera critic, the architecture critic and the backup movie critic. He has written for every section of the newspaper except the Business section. He has been a photographer for more than 40 years. Now retired, he lives in the Blue Ridge.