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  • Episode:

    4 of 5

  • Title:

    Painting the Modern Garden

  • Transmission (TX):

    Thu 23 May 2019

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    10.45pm - 11.45pm

  • Week:

    Week 21 2019 : Sat 18 May - Fri 24 May

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  • Published:

    Tue 07 May 2019

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Episode 4: Painting the Modern Garden – Monet to Matisse


Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone.


Great artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art.


These great artists, along with many other famous names, featured in an innovative and extensive exhibition from The Royal Academy of Arts, London.


From the exhibition walls to the wonder and beauty of artists’ gardens like Giverny and Seebüll, the film takes a magical and widely travelled journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet built and cultivated modern gardens to explore expressive motifs, abstract colour, decorative design and utopian ideas.


Guided by passionate curators, artists and garden enthusiasts, this remarkable collection of Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century will reveal the rise of the modern garden in popular culture and the public’s enduring fascination with gardens today.