Spring has arrived early at the Royal Academy of London: a triumph of Monet and his passion for gardens “blossomed” at a young age and “cultivated”( pardon the pun) until his last days in Giverny, for the exhibition “Painting the Modern garden”, inaugurated last January 30 and open until April 20th.
But the father of Impressionism was not the only one to adore green spaces: the exhibition brings together masterpieces by other great Masters such as: Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee, presenting an overview of the garden from modern times to contemporary.
Curated by Ann Dumas and William Robinson, the exhibition is studied in detail: juxtapositions of colors, subjects, including alternate sequences of poppies, roses, chrysanthemums, nymphs, and even a room with a real mini-greenhouse, circumscribed by manuals on gardening placed in elegant glass showcases.
The three-part panorama of water lilies reunited for the first time in decades at the end of this show is so overwhelming – magnificent. The bank has gone. All you see is water, flower, foliage, reflection, light, on and on, round and round. There is no up or down, no end to the beauty of these constellations of colour in liquid space and air. Monet’s garden is beautiful beyond measure: his field of vision is limitless.