Painting the Modern Garden. Monet to Matisse
Monet, perhaps the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, once said that he owed his painting " to flowers" . But surprisingly there were so many other artists who not only created their own gardens, but made them into the subject of their work - among them Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Sargent, Kandinsky, Klee, Van Gogh, Klimt and Matisse.
The modern garden, changed by the 19th innovations such as hybridisation, the use of glasshouses and foreign exploration, was part and parcel of a period of great social change and the changing face of modern cities to which artists responded from the 1860s onwards.
We will explore the ways in which the theme of the garden inspired so much of the most beautiful and innovative art of late 19th and early 20th century
Born in Poland and studied for her BA in Fine Art at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (John Christie Scholarship and the Hatton Award), and an MA in History of Art from Courtauld Institute, London, (19th-20th century art - Distinction for thesis on Matisse's Illustrations to Poetry). Has lectured to diverse adult audiences, notably in London's National Gallery and MFA Boston USA. Her book on Great Themes in Art is being considered for publication by Merrell Books for worldwide distribution.