A Bloomin’ Incredible Exhibit…

Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence…Opening Today

Yesterday was a picture perfect winter day.

The sky was a cloudless, vivid blue with temperatures in the 40’s.

We headed out early despite springing forward.

Destination, the members preview day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We side stepped the filming on the steps of the Met and were the first people inside the stately building.

David and I made a beeline to the rear of the museum, down a set of stairs to one of my favorite exhibit areas in the Met.

Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence specifically highlights french gardens and parks in the 19th century, drawing heavily on the Met’s extensive collection.

Claude Monet

Impressionist treasures.

The important role of parks and gardens in French life during this period is richly illustrated by paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, illustrated books, and objects in The Met collection and supplemented from private collections.

The exhibit features 150 works by more than 70 artists, spanning the late 18th through early 20th century.

Many of the artists were avid gardeners.

The exhibit is a very manageable size and there is a lovely plant filled courtyard where the public can relax, enabling viewers to regain their museum legs, enjoying the welcoming green park benches with the fountain gurgling in the background.

We started off to the left which showcased women in Parisienne gardens and parks.

Edouard Manet. Portrait of Madame Manet, painted in their seasonal residence in Bellevue.
Berthe Morisot, Young Woman Knitting 1883
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, The Streetwalker 1890. Painted in a back-alley garden, the model is a prostitute and lover of a notorious killer.
Claude Monet, Camille Manet On A Garden Bench 1873. Painted in their backyard in Argenteuil.
Edouard Manet The Monet Family In Their Garden At Argenteuil 1874. Manet paid a visit to the Monet family and painted them in their yard.

The next section presented leisure outdoor settings.

Edouard Vuillard Garden at Vaucresson 1920. Femininity and flowers.
Claude Monet Water Lilies 1905.

Onto a lovely array of flowers.

Claude Monet The Path Through The Irises 1914-17. He raised more than 40 varieties of irises and loved having flowers everywhere in Giverny.
Edouard Manet Peonies 1864.Manet’s favorite flower which grew in abundance in the artists’s garden in Gennevilliers.
Albert Bartholome The Artist’s Wife Reading 1883.
Odilon Redon Bouquet of Flowers 1900-05. He was inspired by his friend who was the curator of thee botanical gardens in his hometown of Bordeaux.
Edgar Degas A Woman Seated Beside A Vase of Flowers 1865.
Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers
Henri Matisse Liliacs 1914.
Henri Fantin-Latour Still Life With Pansies 1874.

The last section highlights park life.

Georges Seurat Sunday on the Grand Jatte 1884. No painting better describes the ritual that park going had become by the late 1800’s.
Gustave Caillebotte The Parc Monceau 1877. He was an avid gardener and a resident of the Caillebotte neighborhood.
Claude Monet The Parc Monceau 1878. Monet frequented the park.

I admired the Renoir watercolor and the Van Gogh reed pen and ink on paper.

Auguste Renoir Figures Under A Tree 1880-82.
Vincent Van Gogh Garden With Flowers 1888.

This is such a lovely, colorful and soothing show.

It is a must see.

You will be moved and impressed.

Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 5th Avenue New York City. Exhibit opens March 12th, 2018 through July 29th, 2018. The Metropolitan Museum is open daily.

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