What are the first few words that come to mind when you think of the French artist, Claude Monet? Japanese bridges or water lilies perhaps? You wouldn’t be far off as his exquisite impressionist pieces capture the tranquil colours and dreaminess of the garden world, simply looking at his work – the ‘Grandes Décorations’ (1914-26) – teleports you to his immersive garden in Giverny, Normandy.
This Saturday sees the opening of Painting the The Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse at the Royal Academy, and for horticultural lovers, garden hobbyists or a fan of the great artists of the late 18th century and early 19th century, they’re in for a treat. It’s curators, Ann Dumas and Dr. William H. Robinson, have programmed something rather original, that doesn’t entirely focus on the pinnacle works of Monet, even though he is the touchstone of the exhibition.