The Artist's Garden

María Luisa of Parma, Princess of Asturias

BY MENGS, PRADO MUSEUM

Through the work of the greatest artist-gardeners we invite you to explore the influence that gardens exerted on the evolution of art from the 1860s to the 1920s, a period where a new aesthetic emerged. More than any other painter, Monet is known for his paintings of gardens – particularly the garden he created at Giverny which became his main subject for the last 20 years of his life. As the artist himself declared, “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers”. A great influence on many of these artists –MonetCaillebotte, Pierre Bonnard, Le Sidaner– were the leading English garden designers of the period. Artists like William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll argued for a break from the formal gardens of the past, instead advocated planting in loose drafts of colour.

But the era’s fascination with gardens was not confined to Impressionism. Matisse, Klimt and Kandinsky were all inspired by gardens to varying degrees. Special mention should be made of Emil Nolde. Long influenced by van Gogh, this pioneering German Expressionist designed an enchanted garden in northern Germany, dominated by his passion for colour. Another German, Max Liebermann had a very different conception of gardening, one that emphasised rational design and monochrome schemes. And finally, Sorolla: who created his own beautiful garden at his house in Madrid. Inspired by the tradition of Islamic gardens in Spain, he combined flowers with decorative tiles and paving.

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO...

garden'S INFLUENCE on the evolution of art

We will explore the influence that gardens exerted on the evolution of art from the 1860s to the 1920s, a period where a new aesthetic emerged. 

FAMOUS ARTIST'S GARDEN PAINTINGS

Learn about the gardens of Monet, Caillebotte, Pierre Bonnard, Le Sidaner, Matisse, Klimt, Kandinsky,  Emil Nolde, Max Liebermann, Van Gogh, Sorolla and more.

A MASTER CLASS

Feel like an apprentice as you learn about the master painter techniques & styles.

DETAILS & BOOKING

Time & Date: To be arranged with you!
Duration: 1 hour
What’s included:  Session on Zoom by a professional art historian

Price: Your own private session is US$ 250 / £ 195 / 215 € / AU$ 352  – from 1 to 10 people.

♥ This class is held on Zoom. If you aren’t familiar with the platform, we would be delighted to send you information on how to get started and linked up!

***Please sign in to the class 10 minutes before start time

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