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This exhibition use the work of Monet as a starting point, focusing on the theme of gardens and the role they played in the evolution of art from the 19th century.
The exhibition depicts an interesting evolution from the 1860s to the 1920s, with the emergence of the modern garden in its many forms and glories, through a period of great social change and innovation in the arts.
Paintings from some of the most importants movement of that time: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde.
If Monet can be considered as the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, other artists had a fascination with the horticultural world, from Renoir to Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee.
For these artists and others, the garden gave them the freedom to break new ground and explore the ever-changing world around them. Highlights include a remarkable selection of works by Monet, including the monumental Agapanthus Triptych, reunited specifically for the exhibition, Renoir’s Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil and Kandinsky’s Murnau The Garden II.
As our galleries are bathed in the colour and light of more than 120 works, see the garden in art with fresh eyes.
Exhibition co-organised by the Royal Academy of Arts and the Cleveland Museum of Art.