Run time: 93 mins
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the 1860s to the 1920s.
Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Great artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative and extensive exhibition from the Royal Academy of Art.
From the exhibition walls to the wonder and beauty of artists’ gardens, the film takes a widely travelled journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet cultivated modern gardens to explore expressive motifs, abstract colour, and utopian ideas. Guided by passionate curators, artists and garden enthusiasts, this remarkable collection of artists will reveal the public’s enduring fascination with gardens today. As Monet said, ‘Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything’. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is not to be missed.