Royal Academy Painting the Modern Garden Monet to Matisse
Some of the world’s finest artworks, loaned from leading art galleries and private collectors, are tastefully exhibited under the roof of London’s premier art gallery at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Masterpieces by Monet, Matisse & Tissot are some of the paintings exhibited, the pervading theme being flowers in an exciting palette of colours from subtle pastels, shades of pink and lilacs, well known being the water lilies in Monet’s classics to a riot of vibrant colours in Vincent van Gogh’s contemporary style.
Auguste Renoir, Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil, 1873 Oil on canvas, 46.7 x 59.7 cm Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Bequest of Anne Parrish Titzell, 1957.614 Photo © Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Wassily Kandinsky, Murnau The Garden II, 1910 Oil on cardboard, 67 x 51 cm Merzbacher Kunststiftung Photo © Merzbacher Kunststiftung
Henri Matisse, The Rose Marble Table, Issy-les-Moulineaux, spring-summer 1917 Oil on canvas, 146 x 97 cm The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund, 1956 Photo © 2015. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence / © Succession H. Matisse/ DACS 2015
Paintings are hung tastefully in the grand opulent surroundings, all finely complimented on walls specifically painted in shades to best accentuate the canvasses and frames.
It is exceptionally hard to select my favourites among so many fine works. However I would have to include the following:
Claude Monet, Nymphéas (Waterlilies), 1914-15 Oil on canvas, 160.7 x 180.3 cm Portland Art Museum, Oregon. Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund, 59.16 Photo © Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Emil Nolde, Flower Garden (O), 1922 Oil on canvas, 74 x 89.5 cm Nolde Stiftung Seebüll © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll
What drew most visitors to this particular occasion were the three giant water-lily canvasses by Monet that were being reunited in this rare exhibition.
A most enjoyable, enlightening visit followed by a gastro treat at The Wolseley. Our waiter from Puglia set the seal on an altogether fabulous day.
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