Using the work of Monet as a starting point, Painting The Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse gives viewers privileged access to the landmark RA exhibition, with additional filming in gardens and galleries throughout Europe, examining the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.
Arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, Monet said he was as much a gardener as a painter. But he was far from alone in his fascination with the horticultural world, which is why you’ll also see masterpieces from Renoir, Pissarro, Sargent, and Matisse.
The broadcast will feature a specially filmed introduction by Executive Producer Phil Grabsky, who will also be on-hand throughout the film to respond to audience feedback and questions.
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Based on the Royal Academy exhibition of the same name, the film, directed by David Bickerstaff, explores the role gardens played in the evolution of 19th and 20th century art. For artists such as Monet, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro, Matisse and others, the emergence of horticulture and the modern garden granted the freedom to break new ground and explore the ever-changing world around them.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse will be broadcast live, for free, on the Exhibition on Screen Facebook page on Monday 27 April 2020 at 7PM.