Oscar-Claude Monet was one of the principle founders of French Impressionist painting to emerge in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known for observing variations of color and light caused by the daily or seasonal changes, Monet lived and worked for forty-three years in his house in Giverny (1883-1926).
At the beginning of summer 2014 I spent a day visiting this small village in Normandy. Whilst wandering around the gardens of Monet’s house, the setting of one of his most famous works The Japanese Footbridge (1899), the local frog population started a loud chorus of mating calls.
This recording captures not only the frog calls, but also the crowd walla as people gathered around to listen and watch.