Two art exhibitions featuring Claude Monet’s work at the moment are ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and ‘The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland’ at the Art Gallery NSW, Sydney.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
Royal Academy of Arts, London 30 January – 20 April 2016http://www.royalacademy.org.uk
‘Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny in Normandy had a profound effect on his art and it is a theme that is explored in a dazzling exhibition which opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in a couple of days. Monet, arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, once said he owed his painting “to flowers”. But Monet was far from alone in his fascination with the horticultural world, which is why the exhibition will also be featuring masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee.
This exhibition examines the modern garden’s role in the evolution of art from the 1860s to the 1920s, showing how the Impressionists and the artists who followed them broke new ground by discovering more about the constantly changing world around them. Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh were all greatly influenced by the natural world.
Art critic Julian Beecroft describes the show as “a must-see event for art-lovers which will be almost as captivating as seeing Monet’s beautiful garden itself.” (Royal Academy of Arts and France Magazine Jan 2016)
Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland
Art Gallery NSW, Sydney 24 October 2015 – 14 February 2016 http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
‘The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland is an extraordinary and richly presented showcase of some the world’s most revered old master paintings and drawings by many of the greatest names in European art.
Comprising over 70 outstanding works, all but two will be seen in Australia for the first time, including Botticelli’s exceptional The Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ child. Drawn from the prestigious collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, the exhibition spans a period of more than 400 years from the Renaissance to Impressionism.’ (Art Gallery NSW)
While I have no plans to visit London in the next couple of months, I will be going to The Greats Exhibition next Monday in Sydney. A visit to the Musée de l’Orangerie, the art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, is a must when visiting Paris. The Musée l’Orangerie is only a short walk through the tuileries Gardens from the Louvre and is home to ‘Monet’s masterworks, the Nymphéas (Water Lilies), painted in the artist’s garden at Giverny and donated to the French state. Monet stipulated that the monumental panels be displayed precisely as they are seen today, in twin oval rooms that surround enraptured viewers with his vision.’ (Time Magazine)
A favourite book in our bookcase is Linnear by Christine Bjork and Lena Anderson whicgh tells the story of Linnea visiting Claude Monet’s garden and many of his paintings in Paris with her neighbour Mr Bloom, who also loves flowers. This delightful children’s book is full of photos of the garden and Monet, stories of his life and his eight children and photos of the inside of his pink house. A great book for kids of all ages. (Published by R&S Books)
Fill your day with beautiful flowers and dreaming! Annette Xx