The Artist's Garden will feature up to 20 gardens that have inspired and been home to some of the greatest painters of history. These gardens not only supplied the inspiration for creative works but also illuminate the professional motivation and private life of the artists themselves - from Cezanne's house in the south of France to Childe Hassam at Celia Thaxter's garden off the coast off Maine. Flowers and gardens have often been the first choice for artists looking for a subject. A garden close to the artist's studio is not only convenient for daily material and ideas, but also has the advantage of changing through the seasons and over time. Claude Monet's Giverny was the catalyst for hundreds of great paintings (by Monet and other artists), each one different from the one before. Sometimes a whole village becomes the focus for a colony of artists as at Gerberoy in Picardy and Skagen on the northernmost tip of Denmark. This book is about the real homes and gardens that inspired these great artists - gardens that can still be visited today. The relationship between artist and garden is a complex one. A few artists, including Pierre Bonnard and his neighbour Monet were keen gardeners, as much in love with their plants as their work, while for others like Sorolla in Madrid, his courtyard home was both a sanctuary and a source of ideas.
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01 October 2019
THE ARTIST AT HOME AND AT WORK Leonardo da Vinci Amboise, France Peter Paul Rubens Antwerp, Belgium Paul Cezanne Aix-en Provence, France Pierre August Renoir Champagne and Le Cote d'Azur, France Max Liebermann Lake Wannsee, Germany Joaquin Sorolla Madrid, Spain Henri Le Sidaner Gerberoy, Picardie, France Emil Nolde Seebull, Nordfriesland, Germany Frida Kahlo The Blue House, Coyoacan, Mexico Salvador Dali Portlligat and Pubol, Spain THE ARTISTS' COMMUNITY Monet and friends Argenteuil, Vetheuil and Giverny, France The Skagen Painters North Jutland, Denmark The Kirkcudbright artists 156 Broughton House, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, UK William Morris and his circle 168 Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire, England, UK New England Impressionists 182 Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire, USA German Expressionists 194 Murnau, Bavaria, Germany The Charleston artists 206 Charleston, Sussex, England, UK Selected reading 218 Visiting details 218 Index 220 Acknowledgments and picture credits 224
Jackie Bennett has travelled widely, visiting and writing about gardens. Her books include Shakespeare's Gardens, The Writer's Garden, Wild About the Garden and Island Gardens. She is a former editor of The Garden Design Journal and The English Garden.