Organised by the Dumfries and Galloway Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse by Clare Willsdon

Talk | The Burns Centre

Tuesday 7 November 2017 - 10:30 until 15:30

The ‘artist-gardener’ came of age in the modern era, as hybridisation, use of greenhouses, and plants from overseas introduced exciting new effects of colour, form and scent to horticulture. Equally, many artists were enthralled by the new public gardens. Drawing on her research as Curatorial Consultant to Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, Clare Willsdon explores the fascinating links between art and the practice of horticulture, bringing to light such developments as Monet’s contribution to the first International Iris Congress, the inspiration of particular flowers and plants, influences from literature, music and politics, and links between French, British, German and Austrian art and garden-making.

This talk was first given at the Royal Academy at their 2016 exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. Following Clare’s presentation there will be a book signing.

The film* shows how Monet and his contemporaries built and cultivated modern gardens and features into their work.

Lunch with a French theme will be served in the restaurant upstairs with a glass of complimentary wine.

*Film tickets must be bought directly from the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre Box Office on 01387 264808, £7 adult, £5.30 concession. You will need to say that you are associated with this Art Fund event as places have been reserved for us.

This event has been organised by the Dumfries and Galloway Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

The Burns Centre

Dumfries, DG2 7BE

Entry details

£21 (includes coffee, lunch with complimentary wine, lecture and book signing)

To book, please contact William Oakes on or call 01557 331328

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