Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse Exhibition at the RA – 30 January to 20 April 2016

Monet's Bridge

The Japanese Bride (detail), c 1923-25


Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

‘Masterpieces including Monet’s Agapanthus Triptych and paintings by artists such as Cezanne, Klee, Kandinsky and Van Gogh reveal the role of gardens in avant-garde art from the 1860s to the 1920s. Gardens offered artists the freedom to break new ground’. Copy from RA magazine.

Pleased to have just made the last weekend of the show… well worth the visit to see the the interest in new kinds of flowers, designing gardens and painting from the 1860s to the 1920s.  The works show the early development of impressionism and abstract expressionism.

Interesting and surprised to see the paintings of Kandinsky and Klimt in this exhibition….the latter’s was particularly beautiful.

Wonderful lily paintings in the last room showing three of Monet’s enourmous works joined together for the first time since his son sold the paintings after his death.  They were last hung in his studio.  Very abstract and loose and the scale of them is quite amazing bearing in mind he painted them in his old age.

Very free use of paint and movement in the painting of the Japanese bridge above…one wonders if the brightness of the colours and the almost wild expression of the paint was due to the deterioration of his sight.


Monet's Garden

The Artist’s Garden at Giverny, 1900 by Claude Monet