12 April 2016

PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN: MONET TO MATISSE

The Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition at the Royal Academy is beautiful, uplifting and perfect for this time of year.  If you haven't been already, it's in its final week so this is your last chance to see a wonderful collection of foliage, flowers, greenery, lawns, lakes and, of course, water lilies.  Curator Ann Dumas has brought together a collection of 120 works which explore the role gardens played in the changing art world from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. 

Painting the Modern Garden Monet to Matisse, Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge (1897-1899)

Claude Monet is known for the large number of paintings of his garden at Giverny in Normandy, but the French artist was not alone in his horticultural appreciation. The exhibition features paintings from impressionist, post-impressionist and avant-garde artists from Cezanne, Manet, Matisse, Renoir, Van Gogh and many others who were inspired to cultivate gardens and explore composition, modern designs and nature's vibrant colours to create horticultural works of art.

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse at the Royal Academy of Arts runs until 20 April 2016
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