2. Claude Monet truly loved water lilies, and when he began painting them several of his admirers and friends already knew that the artist was also a very passionate gardener. Monet had invested a lot of time, work and money in his garden in Giverny, complete with a pond, so it was the next step to bring water lilies from far away. From very far away. Regardless of the cost Monet ordered varieties of water lilies from South America or Egypt, and proudly made them part of his garden. The neighbours and officials werent't so happy with this new breakthrough. They were convinced that the new species would end up poisoning their drinking water and killing their crops.
3. Surely there isn't anyone who knows something about art and doesn't know American Gothic, one of the most famous works of the 20th century. But did you know that the models weren't strangers, but very close to Grant Wood, the artist? The model for the old lady was no other than his sister, Nan, while the grumpy old man was Byron McKeeby, the painter's dentist.