Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

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By William H. Robinson, Clare A. Willsdon, Ann Dumas, James Priest, and Heather Lemonedes

While depictions of gardens are found throughout history, the impressionists were among the first to portray gardens directly from life, focusing on their color and form rather than using them as a background. This handsome volume explores the close, symbiotic relationship between artists and gardens that developed during the latter part of the 19th and first part of the 20th centuries, centering on Monet, a great horticulturalist as well as a great artist who cultivated gardens wherever he lived, and the creation of his masterpiece garden at Giverny, where he painted his renowned water-lilies series.

Sumptuously illustrated with masterpieces from Monet’s fellow impressionists and later artists like Bonnard, Sargent and others, this book is the catalog to the exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse.

304 pages

Published 2015