Painting Gardens: Monet to Matisse, RA

We are usually not such fans of paintings of greenery, vegetables and flowers, even though, we do, of course, like the few famous garden paintings as much as anyone else. It’s just that for the most part, we prefer a bit more variety in motifs, so our expectations weren’t too high, when we arrived for this latest exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

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But how wrong could we have been! The exhibition is absolutely magnificent and if you like art you must go. Full stop. It’s so beautifully curated and well-balanced, and even where the artists are (in quite a few of the cases) not from the top-five of their era, the paintings that were chosen of their oeuvre are always exactly right, for one reason or another: to highlight one aspect of the expression sought by artists of that time, or maybe to highlight a technique that became fashionable just then.

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