A wide-ranging exhibition exploring how artists have been inspired by gardens for centuries.
From the Pre-Raphaelites and French Impressionists to the Bloomsbury Group and 20th-century abstraction, artists have taken inspiration directly from the gardens around them – whether small or large, manicured or wild.
The Enchanted Garden features 90 paintings, works on paper and books. Highlights from the Laing’s own collection are displayed alongside loans from across the UK, and a wide range of artists are featured, including Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Lucien Pissarro, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, Stanley Spencer, Beatrix Potter, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Patrick Heron and Francis Bacon.
The Laing’s painting The Dustman or The Lovers by Stanley Spencer is put into the context of major works by British and French artists from across the UK and beyond which explore the garden as a ‘stage’ for the extraordinary, the magical, the atmospheric and the nostalgic.