Tuesday, April 26

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse


Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil – Pierre-August Renior 1873
"Renoir painted Monet painting his garden in 1873. The two pictures hang next to each other at the start of this exhibition. With their abundance of red dahlias and creamy clouds, their blue-shuttered houses and soft summer light, each painting looks remarkably like the other – except that where Renoir portrays his friend, Monet is nose-deep in the blossoms. 'Perhaps I owe it to flowers,' he said, 'that I became a painter.' This startling statement appears in large letters in the opening gallery, as well it might, for there is no doubting whose show this is. Gardens and Monet are such a heady, coffer-filling combination that it would be extraordinary if the Royal Academy stinted on Monet’s visions of the gardens he created at Argenteuil, Vétheuil and Giverny, but what’s marvellous is the way these paintings are planted at intervals all the way through the show until they build to a grand finale at the end – a spectacular vision of water lilies, and of modern art. ..."
Guardian - Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse review – ravishing visions
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (Video)
Telegraph: Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, Royal Academy, review: 'sensual and physical'
amazon: Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

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