Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Gardens as Art: Aesthetic Journeys around the World I

Monet’s Garden
Watercolour and crayon
©2013 Charlene Brown

This year’s Sunday Lecture Series at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria opened March 1 with a beautifully illustrated presentation on Monet’s Garden at Giverny by Dr. Melissa Berry of the University of Victoria.

When Claude Monet moved to Giverny in 1883, his objective was creation. Unlike previous artistic ventures, he no longer seemed satisfied finding inspiration for his canvases in a world in which he had no control. Thus, Monet’s largest, most immersive masterwork was born, or rather cultivated. He approached his land with an artist’s eye, and continued to develop his garden, adding to and drawing inspiration from it.  It served as his subject matter until his death in 1926.

I sketched the water garden at Giverny seven years ago, after I had been there with my granddaughter on a Road Scholar Intergenerational program.