Exhibition on Screen: Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Year: 2016

Origin: GB
Director: Phil Grabsky

Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes
Certification: U

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Seaford Community Cinema, Arts@theCrypt and Seaford Musical Theatre present this special Artwave screening from the RA’s Summer Exhibition on how Monet and his contemporaries made their gardens. It explores motifs, abstract colour, decorative design and Utopian ideas. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film.

Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Great artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative and extensive exhibition from The Royal Academy of Arts, London.

From the exhibition walls to the wonder and beauty of artists’ gardens like Giverny and Seebüll, the film takes a magical and widely travelled journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet built and cultivated modern gardens to explore expressive motifs, abstract colour, decorative design and utopian ideas. Guided by passionate curators, artists and garden enthusiasts, this remarkable collection of Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century will reveal the rise of the modern garden in popular culture and the public’s enduring fascination with gardens today. Long considered spaces for expressing colour, light and atmosphere, the garden has occupied the creative minds of some of the worlds greatest artists. As Monet said, ‘Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything’.

The other Art on Film screenings are:

18-24th August: “Final Portrait” at the Depot Cinema, Lewes
26th August: “Frida” at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven

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