Bill Laws Artists' Gardens

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Artists' gardens are perhaps the most personal expressions of their creativity and inspiration. Claude Monet's passion and artistry are evident everywhere in his timeless garden at Giverny; moreover, his observation of it through failing eyesight deeply influenced his paintings, leaving us with a fascinating record of both the evolution of his beloved garden and of his physically changing view of it. More recently, painter Jennifer Bartlett was moved to produce200 canvases of the same French villa garden, while sculptors Henry Moore and Isamu Noguchi envisioned their gardens as galleries. Whether it is the lush plantings of William Morris and Paul Czanne or Frida Kahlo's stark expanse of cactus, it is an artist's sense of balance, deep understanding of color, and an often unconscious composing of light and shade that makes their gardens so exceptional. In this exquisitely illustrated volume, we are offered a rare insight into how artists shape--and are shaped by--their gardens.

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Bill Laws, a professional gardener and a renowned horticultural writer, has created a rich and visually arresting compendium beautifully describing the relationship between a number of artists and their local landscapes. There has always been a dialogue between art and nature, and in Artists' Gardens we see the personal source of some of these conversations in the gardens of 20 important artists, including Renoir, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Frida Kahlo. Each chapter is arranged around an artist and his or her natural environs, showing the intimate relationship at work therein.

Much of Renoir's later life was spent struggling away in his garden at Les Collettes on the French Riviera. Three days before he died, he was doggedly working on a still life of apples from his own trees. Monet's famous paintings show the pleasures he took from his Giverny home. The more formal personal sculpture park of Carl Milles, the "Rubens of modern sculptors," and Henry Moore's huge primal pieces at Hoglands in Hertfordshire need their contexts as certainly as Barbara Hepworth's bold, sensual figures in her more isolated home in St. Ives in Cornwall.

With reproductions of the artists' paintings set alongside some startling photography, Bill Laws has produced a book that gives genuine insight into the work of some key artists and their gardens that's an absolute pleasure to look through and to read. --Nicola Hollins

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This opulent book explores the gardens of 20 acclaimed painters and sculptors. They include Renoir, Henry Moore, Frida Kahlo, Cezanne, Monet, John James Audubon, Rubens, William Morris, Frederick Carl Frieseke, and Gertrude Jekyll. Laws examines the links between the artists, their works, and their gardens, and gives a brief biographical sketch of each. Moore's powerful forms dot the 70-acre grounds of his countryside home north of London. Trees, shrubs, succulents, and potted plants fill the courtyard of Casa Azul, Kahlo's (and Diego Rivera's) home in Mexico. The inspiration for many of Morris' designs sprang from the flower-filled borders at his Red House in Kent, England. Cezanne's most famous paintings capture his garden on the Chemin des Lauves in southern France. Monet spent 30 years painting his garden at Giverny under every conceivable kind of light. The book has 155 sumptuous color photographs and illustrations. George Cohen

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