Public Parks, Private Gardens

Paris to Provence

Colta Ives

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March 27, 2018
208 pages, 9 x 10
200 color illus.
ISBN: 9781588395849
Hardcover

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

Masterworks by great Romantic, Impressionist, and early modern artists are presented in relationship to the 19th-century horticultural revolution that transformed the landscape of France 

The spectacular transformation of Paris during the 19th century into a city of tree-lined boulevards and public parks both redesigned the capital and inspired the era’s great Impressionist artists. The renewed landscape gave crowded, displaced urban dwellers green spaces to enjoy, while suburbanites and country-dwellers began cultivating their own flower gardens. As public engagement with gardening grew, artists increasingly featured flowers and parks in their work.
 
Public Parks, Private Gardens includes masterworks by artists such as Bonnard, Cassatt, Cézanne, Corot, Daumier, Van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, Monet, and Seurat. Many of these artists were themselves avid gardeners, and they painted parks and gardens as the distinctive scenery of contemporary life. Writing from the perspective of both a distinguished art historian and a trained landscape designer, Colta Ives provides new insights not only into these essential works, but also into this extraordinarily creative period in France’s history.

Colta Ives is curator emerita in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(03/12/18–07/29/18)

“This book makes one understand just how important parks and gardens came to be to several generations of French artists during the second half of the 19th century.”—Tim Richardson, Gardens Illustrated
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The Wrightsman Pictures

Edited by Everett Fahy; With a preface by Pierre Rosenberg

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Delacroix Drawings
The Karen B. Cohen Collection

Ashley Dunn; With contributions by Colta Ives and Marjorie

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