Exhibition on Screen
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
Directed by David Bickerstaff
$12 / $8 Speed members
“I perhaps owe it to flowers that I became a painter.”—Claude Monet
For many great artists, the garden has long been considered a desirable subject for the expression of color, light, and atmosphere. Claude Monet is perhaps the most well-known painter of gardens but other greats such as Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Pissarro, Henri Matisse, and John Singer Sargent all viewed the garden as a meaningful focus for their talents. The work of these great artists, along with many others, features in a major exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden, from The Royal Academy, London.
This dazzling film takes a magical journey from the gallery to the gardens, to Giverny and Seebüll and to other glorious grounds favored by artists. Here we discover how early twentieth-century artists designed and cultivated their own gardens to explore contemporary utopian ideas and motifs of color and form.
Monet said, “Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything.” For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film. 2016, U.K., DCP, 89 minutes.
Screened in conjunction with the presentation of Claude Monet’s Nymphéas at the Speed.