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The famous French Impressionist Claude Monet set out to create a garden which would exemplify the impressionists obsession with color and light - a garden influenced by Japanese styles, specifically arranged with regard to shade and composition, and yet looking carefree and unplanned, like a happy, spontaneous accident of beauty. His gardens at Giverny became a mecca for artists and still continues to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, including a large number of artists like Peter Ellenshaw.
Like many artists, British-born Peter Ellenshaw was fascinated by both Claude Monet's paintings and the amazing gardens at Giverny that inspired so many of them. After his enormously successful career as a matte artist in Disney films, Ellenshaw spent his "retirement" as a landscape painter, traveling to various beautiful sites around the world. Giverny was one of his favorite locations, and he visited and painted there often, in this case choosing a perspective mimicking one of Monet's most famous paintings.
Ellenshaw had traveled the world as he worked on films, but after his retirement, he had time to devote to the landscape painting he had always wished to do. Giverny was one of his favorite places and he returned to it time and again, as his paintings demonstrate. One of his favorite elements there were the bright red poppies with which Monet punctuated with floral composition. Like many painters, Ellenshaw revisited the vivid blooms repeatedly.