Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

from 12/03/2018 to 29/07/2018
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This exhibition makes a case that France’s parks and gardens, particularly their dramatic transformation under Napoleon III, had a huge impact on art, horticulture and the concept of outdoor leisure.

Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

“Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence,” consists of 175 paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, illustrated books, and even period watering cans and gardening tools. It reveals what happened after the French Revolution, when the nation’s many royal gardens and hunting grounds were opened to the public. Suddenly, Paris was transformed from a warren of alleyways to a city of tree-lined boulevards, parks and public green spaces. These became open-air salons for city dwellers and inspired suburbanites to cultivate their own flower gardens.“The amount of public green space in Paris was rapidly expanded 100-fold, from about 45 acres to 4,500 acres. The result was transformational in many ways, and sparked a real mania for gardening and for the outdoors,” says curator Susan Alyson Stein, who organized the show with curator Colta Ives. The transformation is richly illustrated by the Met’s collection of works from artists ranging from Camille Corot to Henri Matisse, many of whom were gardeners. The works are supplemented by a selection of private-collection loans. [This is an extract from an article published here]

On the website of the Met you will find:

A full presentation

Presentation of the various rooms of the exhibitionRevolution in the Garden; Parks for the Public; Revival of Floral Still Life; Private Gardens; Portrait in the Garden

A selection of artworks from the exhibition

The catalogue

Videos including: Parks for the Public: The Greening of Paris, 1852–70


The Met (Fifth Avenue) in Galleries 964–965

1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Phone: 212-535-7710

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