This summer, let's all go to the gardens !

Published on 18.04.2017
This May will see a celebration of gardens and gardening, held all across France! Flowers, which so influenced the decorative arts of the 19th century, get their own exhibition at the Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris. Meanwhile, the Grand Palais is inviting visitors on an immersive and poetic journey through the universe of gardens. Blooming marvellous!
© Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence
Gustave Klimt, Le Parc, 1910

“Jardins” - Until 24 July

Fragonard, Monet, Cézanne, Klimt, Picasso, Matisse… the list goes on. The contributions of history’s greatest artists have transformed the humble garden into a world of freedom and imagination, while at the same time giving rise to some of art’s true masterpieces. The Grand Palais in Paris has brought them together in an exhibition that looks back over six centuries of garden-inspired creations since the Renaissance.

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Pissarro in Éragny: Nature Regained” - Until 9 July

These hundred works by impressionist master Camille Pissarro, produced in the village of Éragny-sur-Epte between 1884 and 1903, serve as a stunning illustration of the least studied period of the artist’s career. Pissarro moved to the village of Éragny in 1884, settling down and subsequently living out his days in a beautiful house purchased thanks to a loan from Claude Monet. Time to get back to nature! At the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris.

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Jardins Extraordinaires ” - Until 23 July           

A dozen photographs, largely sourced from the Multimedia Library of Architecture and Heritage, are displayed on the railings of the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. Together, they trace the history of these unique gardens that have served as inspiration for artists including André Kertész, Eugène Atget and Willy Ronis. This exhibition also includes a series of works by photographer Jean-Baptiste Leroux depicting France’s most celebrated gardens.

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Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840), “The Raphael of flowers” - From 26 April to 1 October

Around 250 paintings, watercolours, artistic items and vellums have been assembled as a testament to the influence of Pierre-Joseph Redouté on the art of the Romantic era. The artist, whose works display a great sense of observation, a keen eye for detail and meticulous precision, was a key figure during the golden age of natural science. Here, his work is presented alongside that of 26 other designers. Meanwhile, a further 40 original works are exhibited in the garden and within the permanent collection of the Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris.

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