Saturday, May 20, 2017

Gardens in Art

Lucas Cranach the Elder
Garden of Eden
oil on panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

Tapestry manufactured in France
Child Gardeners (Spring)
ca. 1684-94
silk, wool, gold thread
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Jean-Baptiste Pater
Fête champêtre
ca. 1728-36
oil on canvas
Royal Collection, Windsor


What have you just released me from?
The voices in the garden that come creeping
Up the ladder the last asters of autumn
In eight different colors two fingers too many
I can't allow you to leave like this you are
Going as if you were just arriving with
Every shade of blue that one misreads for true

– Evelyn Schlag, from a collection first published in Austria in 1999, translated by Karen Leeder and published in Selected Poems by Carcanet in 2004

Alessandro Magnasco
Garden party in Albaro
ca. 1740
oil on canvas
Musei di Strada Nuova, Genoa

Hubert Robert
Oval Fountain in the Gardens of the Villa d'Este, Tivoli
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Roman park with fountain
Albertina, Vienna

Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld
Park at Mortefontaine
oil on canvas
Indianapolis Museum of Art

John Martin
Hyde Park
ca. 1815
oil on panel
Yale Center for British Art

Édouard Muller (called Rosenmuller)
Garden of Armida wallpaper panels
block-printed in France or Switzerland
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Mary Cassatt
Children in a Garden (The Nurse)
oil on canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

John Singer Sargent
In the Luxembourg Gardens
oil on canvas
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Edward Burne-Jones
The garden of Pan
oil on canvas
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Paul Cézanne
Garden at Les Lauves
ca. 1906
oil on canvas
Phillips Collection, Washington DC

Max Liebermann
Terrace in the garden near Wannsee
oil on canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston