The exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse will be showed in London at the end of January.
Monet once said he owed his painting “to flowers”. The Royal Academy of Arts’ new blockbuster exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art.
The gardens has inspired the impressionist, post-impressionist and avant-garde artists in the end of the 19th century to early 20th century, when the the world of gardening has traditionally been denigrated as suspiciously anti-intellectual, decorative and feminine. Yet even more than this, in the era of rapid industrialisation and, eventually, war, the subject matter of gardens reflected a need, a direction, for man to remain connected to nature, to the Earth.
The exhibition will also be bringing works by Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee, spanning a period in history that witnessed the birth of modern art.
The paintings are overwhelmingly rich in colour, full of fizzing life, all ingeniously arranged to create the illusion of a garden.
Highlights include a remarkable selection of works by Monet, including the monumental Agapanthus Triptych, reunited specifically for the exhibition, Renoir’s Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil and Kandinsky’s Murnau The Garden II.
Royal Academy of Arts, London, from January 30, to April 20, 2016
Admission £17.60 (£16 without Gift Aid donation). Concessions available.