Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

November 12th, 2017Comments Off on Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Members of our French and Gardening groups had the opportunity to join local Art Fund members for their event, ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse’, which explored links between art and the practice of horticulture.

Held at the Robert Burns Film Centre, our day started with a film showing how Monet and his contemporaries built and cultivated modern gardens which then featured in their paintings and we viewed not only the art of Monet and his wonderful garden at Giverny but also that of Matisse, Kadinsky, Klimt, Leibermann and Sorolla.

Lunch with a French theme was followed by an excellent lecture by Clare Willsdon, Professor of the History of Western Art, University of Glasgow, who was the Curatorial Consultant to the blockbusting London exhibition of ‘Painting the Garden’ and had initially presented this paper to the Royal Academy in 2016.

Her presentation described the inspiration of various plants and flowers, influences from literature, music and politics and the links between French, British, German and Austrian art and garden-making.

This was an enjoyable day which introduced us not only to new artists and their paintings, but also to the development of plant and flower history and a final chance to revisit celebrated Giverny paintings.

The Art Fund looks forward to welcoming Stewartry u3a members at future events both locally and regionally.

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