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Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

Ives, Colta
208 pages
159 illustrations
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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.

Vues et description du jardin des plantes, Edmond Hédouin  French, Aquatint
Multiple artists/makers
The Garden of Versailles, Adam Perelle  French, Etching
View of La Crescenza, Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée)  French, Oil on canvas
Description des Nouveaux Jardins de la France et ses Anciens Chateaux..., Alexandre de Laborde  French, Engraving
Multiple artists/makers
Jardin de Monceau, Louis de Carmontelle  French, Engraving
Multiple artists/makers
The Swing, Hubert Robert  French, Oil on canvas
Plan for the Garden of the Château de Bagatelle, Pierre Lapie  French, Pen and black ink, watercolor
The Progress of Love, Antoine Pierre Mongin  French, Brush and brown wash over black chalk underdrawing; framing lines in pen and black ink
View in a Park, Alexandre Hyacinthe Dunouy  French, Oil on paper, laid down on ledger paper
Imperial Botany–or a Peep at Josephine's Collection of Engilsh Exoticks, vide the Champion Jany 30, 1814, Charles Williams  British, Hand-colored etching
Multiple artists/makers
March 1, 1814
An Allegory of Empress Josephine as Patroness of the Gardens at Malmaison, baron François Gérard  French, Watercolor and pen and black ink, over black chalk underdrawing on paper, laid down on board
ca. 1805–6
Collection de Meubles et Objets de Goût, vol. 2, Pierre de La Mésangère  French, Hand-colored engraving
Fruit or flower basket (corbeille aux cygnes), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Hard-paste porcelain, French, Sèvres
Multiple artists/makers
designed 1812, manufactured 1823
Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, John Vanderlyn  American, Oil on canvas, American
Le Château, fin Octobre, le soir, effet d'orage, vue prise du Parterre du Nord, Eugène Atget  French, Albumen silver print from glass negative
[Gardens of Saint-Cloud], Henri Victor Regnault  French, Salted paper print from paper negative
before 1855
The Edge of the Woods at Monts-Girard, Fontainebleau Forest, Théodore Rousseau  French, Oil on wood
[Oak Tree and Rocks, Forest of Fontainebleau], Gustave Le Gray  French, Salted paper print from paper negative
[Fontainebleau Forest], Eugène Cuvelier  French, Salted paper print from paper negative
early 1860s
The Bodmer Oak, Fontainebleau Forest, Claude Monet  French, Oil on canvas
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———. 2018. Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence [Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 12 - July 29, 2018]. New York New Haven (Conn.) London: The Metropolitan museum of art distributed by Yale university press.