Jardins de Joséphine basin is a historic vestige of the ancient Jardin de Navarre designed by André Le Nôtre.

The water lilies that adorn the Jardins de Joséphine pond add natural beauty to the water bodies. Their large, colorful flowers, often white or pink, create a pleasant and poetic visual appeal. A true source of inspiration for painters, water lilies can be observed by amateurs. Thus Les Jardins de Joséphine opens its doors to artists.

Art at the Jardins de Joséphine: welcoming and sharing

On May 24, we had the pleasure of welcoming young budding artists, families and residents of Eure, to come discover and transcribe on canvas the beauty of the freshly hatched water lilies in the Le Nôtre pond of the Jardins de Joséphine. A great opportunity to enjoy the spring sun and gain some height.

This artistic initiative has merged art and nature, providing visitors with a unique and captivating experience. We would like to express our deep gratitude to the associations and volunteers who organized this precious moment, thus allowing the artists and families of Eure present to express themselves and share their artistic vision.

It is thanks to their dedication and their desire to share art that this collaboration between Jardins de Joséphine and young budding artists was made possible. Their unwavering support helped create an atmosphere conducive to creativity, inspiration and sharing. We are sincerely grateful to these essential players who helped make this initiative a success.

Furthermore, we are proud to underline the commitment of the Jardins de Joséphine, through the Treuil Group and its endowment fund, which aims to financially support projects of general interest. In this case, the Gilles Treuil Endowment Fund is actively committed to promoting art and introducing talented young artists. By allowing the realization of artistic projects, the Jardins de Joséphine thus participate in the sharing of art and the emergence of new talents.

This collaboration between Jardins de Joséphine and young artists illustrates the desire to create bridges between art, nature and the community. By offering a platform to emerging artists, the Jardins de Joséphine allow the public to discover new artistic expressions and participate in the cultural development of the region. We are proud to support this approach and contribute to the promotion of art in all its forms.

Water lilies: source of inspiration for painters

Water lilies have a long history of association with painting, particularly in the art movement known as Impressionism. Impressionist painters, such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Gustave Caillebotte, were fascinated by water lilies and depicted them in many works of art.

Water lilies provide artists with a variety of interesting visual elements to explore. Their large, floating leaves, slender stems and magnificent colorful flowers are all attractive designs for painters. Water lilies are often depicted in aquatic compositions, creating interesting reflections and plays of light on the water surface.

Claude Monet is particularly famous for his series of paintings of the water lilies in his garden in Giverny, France. He captured different variations of light, colors and atmospheric conditions in his canvases, exploring the changing effects of sunlight on water lilies and the surrounding water.

Water lilies in impressionist painting often represent a sense of tranquility, calm and natural beauty. They are used to create atmospheric waterscapes and evoke a connection with nature.

Thus, water lilies have been a major source of inspiration for many artists, adding an aesthetic and symbolic dimension to their works.


Art and water lilies: a story that lasts

The anniversary of Impressionism, which will take place in 2024, provides an ideal opportunity to celebrate the legacy of this iconic art movement. Among the many motifs characteristic of impressionism, water lilies occupy a special place. These aquatic plants, with their floating flowers and large leaves, were abundantly represented by impressionist artists in their paintings imbued with light and color. Among these famous impressionists we particularly find Claude Monet who created Les Nymphéas, a magnificent series of 200 oils on canvas, exhibited at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, and in particular the water lily pond of Giverny created a few kilometers from the Jardins de Josephine.

In Impressionism, water lilies often symbolize the tranquility and beauty of nature. These delicate flowers, which float peacefully on the surface of ponds and streams, evoke a feeling of calm and serenity. Impressionist artists sought to capture the immediacy of nature in full motion, and water lilies were an ideal subject for this. The variations of light and shadow on the leaves and the changing reflections on the water gave the artists a rich palette of colors and textures to explore.

In addition to their visual aspect, water lilies also represent a certain artistic philosophy. They embody the Impressionists’ fascination with subjective perception and the transience of reality. Water lilies, with their changing appearance and fragility, reflect the fleeting nature of beauty and the idea that every moment is unique. Impressionist artists sought to capture this fleeting essence in their canvases, using quick, light touches to capture the feeling of the present moment. If capturing the impression of the moment is the objective, we now understand the name of this movement which endures in art.

As Impressionism celebrates its 150th anniversary, it is important to remember the importance of water lilies in this revolutionary art. These aquatic flowers have become a symbol of Impressionism itself, representing artistic freedom, careful observation of nature and the quest for authentic emotion. Their presence in the works of the great Impressionist masters continues to inspire and fascinate art lovers around the world, recalling the lasting impact of this revolutionary movement on art history.

André Le Nôtre: period architect and specialist in French gardens

Landscape architect André Le Nôtre is famous for his emblematic creations in French gardens, particularly for his creations of magnificent ponds. One of these remarkable pools is located at the Jardins de Joséphine, an enchanting place which hosts seminars and weddings. In spring, this pond transforms into a real natural spectacle with the blossoming of magnificent water lilies.

Le Nôtre was a master in the art of designing gardens and outdoor spaces: ponds were essential elements of his designs. In these carefully designed bodies of water, he managed to create perfect harmony between the architecture and the surrounding nature. The pools were often decorated with fountains, sculptures and aquatic plants, adding an aesthetic and poetic dimension. At the Jardins de Joséphine you can walk and contemplate all these sculptures adorning the pools and the different reception areas creating a very special atmosphere for your special event.

The pond present at the Jardins de Joséphine testifies to Le Nôtre’s talent for creating striking visual compositions. In spring, when nature awakens, water lilies bloom, adding a touch of vibrant beauty to the entire pond. Their delicate flowers, with colorful petals and floating leaves, create a living picture of undeniable elegance. The contrast between the vibrant flowers and the calm of the water offers a peaceful and enchanting scene, romantic weekend, private and public event, everything lends itself to the tranquility around these colorful water lilies.

Water lilies, with their symbolism deeply rooted in art and culture, bring additional meaning to the Le Nôtre pond at Jardins de Joséphine. Their presence evokes purity, grace and transformation, reflecting the constant evolution of nature and the fleeting beauty of each season. Visitors who have the chance to contemplate these water lilies in spring witness a harmony between architecture, nature and artistic emotion.

In short, the pond created by Le Nôtre at the Jardins de Joséphine is a true landscape masterpiece. It represents not only the visionary talent of the architect, but also the magic of nature that unfolds in spring. The water lilies that adorn this pond add a poetic dimension and natural splendor, captivating visitors and creating an ideal place to celebrate precious moments such as seminars and weddings.