Painting the Modern Garden
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Painting the Modern Garden

Monet to Matisse
May 26, 2024

This feast for the eyes reveals how artists' gardens have provided inspiration for exploring color, light and atmosphere.

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Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Fellow artists such as Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. Their work, and more was featured in an innovative and extensive exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts in 2016.

From the exhibition walls to the wonder and beauty of artists' gardens like Giverny and Seebüll, the film takes a magical and widely traveled journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet built and cultivated modern gardens to explore expressive motifs, abstract color, decorative design and utopian ideas. Guided by passionate curators, artists and garden enthusiasts, this remarkable collection of Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and avant-garde artists of the early 20th-century will reveal the rise of the modern garden in popular culture and the public's enduring fascination with gardens today. Long considered spaces for expressing color, light and atmosphere, the garden has occupied the creative minds of some of the world's greatest artists. 

D: David Bickerstaff, UK, 2017, English subtitles,1h33m

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