Video: a visit to three artist gardens in northern France

Published 22 December 2015

Take a tour of three beautiful gardens which inspired paintings in our forthcoming exhibition on the garden in art.

  • Claude Monet’s house and beautiful gardens at Giverny in northern France provided him with a rich source of inspiration, as our forthcoming exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse reveals. But he wasn’t the only green-fingered artist drawn to this picturesque part of the country. In the videos below, our curator Ann Dumas takes us into the gardens of Monet and fellow painters Pierre Bonnard and Henri Le Sidaner, who are also represented in the exhibition.

  • A visit to Monet's garden at Giverny

    Curator Ann Dumas introduces Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny in Normandy, which is open to the public between March and November and maintained by a team of gardeners led by James Priest.

  • A visit to Bonnard's garden at Vernonnet

    Royal Academy Curator Ann Dumas introduces Pierre Bonnard’s garden at Vernonnet in Normandy (now a private home), which the artist referred to as “mon jardin sauvage” (my wild garden).

  • A visit to Henri Le Sidaner's garden in Picardy

    Royal Academy Curator Ann Dumas introduces Henri Le Sidaner’s garden in the medieval village of Gerberoy, Picardy, which provides the subject matter for a number of his works in ‘Painting the Modern Garden’.

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