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The Artist's Garden Jackie Bennett

The Artist's Garden By Jackie Bennett

The Artist's Garden by Jackie Bennett

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Gardens have provided the location, the subjects the pastime and the passion for our greatest artists, from Matisse and Monet to Dali and Da Vinci. This book looks at 20 gardens and more than 30 associated artists and examines the art, the garden-making, and the gardens they immortalised which you can visit today.

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The Artist's Garden: The secret spaces that inspired great art by Jackie Bennett

The Artist's Garden offers an intriguing study into 20 gardens that have inspired and been home to some of the greatest painters of history.

The most alluring image of an artist at work is surely one where he or she has come out of their studio, set up their easel on the garden path, pulled on a hat to shade their eyes from the sun and taken their brush and palette in hand.

This sumptuously illustrated and fascinating book delves into the stories behind the gardens which inspired some of the most beautiful and important works of art.

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.

This book is as unmissable for art lovers as it is for anyone who knows the joy of time spent in gardens, offering an intriguing insight into the lives of these great painters and the gardens which inspired them to their creative heights.

About Jackie Bennett

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.

Table of Contents


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


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

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The Artist's Garden: The secret spaces that inspired great art by Jackie Bennett
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