It has been a wildly popular exhibition, but now London’s Royal Academy of Art’s show, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse is in its final days and you will have to rush to see it.
Crowds have appreciated the impressionist masters’ colours and compositions, hopefully heralding a vintage Spring and ripping away the grey of Winter. The paintings bring the outdoors inside, that quintessentially English creation, the garden, into a quintessentially English inner sanctum.
Despite that it is Monet and other continental impressionists at the show’s core.
“Monet was not only obviously a very great artist, but he was a phenomenal gardener and I think people often don’t realise just to what extent he was a really serious horticulturalist and a very knowledgeable botanist. And the garden and the art kind of intertwine throughout his career as a complete sort of symbiosis. So he’s the foundation of the exhibition and his working dates provide its chronological framework,” says Curator Ann Dumas.