The Changing Garden: Four Centuries of European and American Art / Edition 1

The Changing Garden: Four Centuries of European and American Art / Edition 1

by Betsy G. Fryberger, Paula Deitz
     
 


This beautifully illustrated volume examines the garden as an enduring and evolving cultural resource, in two hundred works by more than one hundred artists. Prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings illuminate the changing aesthetics and uses of gardens from sixteenth-century Italian villas and Louis XIV's Versailles to such democratic urban parks as New York… See more details below

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This beautifully illustrated volume examines the garden as an enduring and evolving cultural resource, in two hundred works by more than one hundred artists. Prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings illuminate the changing aesthetics and uses of gardens from sixteenth-century Italian villas and Louis XIV's Versailles to such democratic urban parks as New York City's Central Park and San Francisco's Crissy Field, adapted from a former military base.

Artists' representations of gardens have been organized first to highlight design concepts and individual features, then to focus on historic gardens and parks, and finally to survey the activities within those settings. Among the earliest works included is an engraving of a drawing made in 1570 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder of a garden being vigorously cultivated by many workers. Two centuries later, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Jean-Honoré Fragonard represented the Villa d'Este at Tivoli in a state of neglected grandeur; Hubert Robert's painting of Méréville depicted a garden he helped design. By 1900 Eugène Atget's photographs of Versailles and Camille Pissarro's paintings of the Tuileries convey the enduring structure of French formal gardens. In contrast, American artists Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler depicted the pleasures of social activities in that setting. Photographs by Michael Kenna and Bruce Davidson offer contemporary perspectives on these issues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520238831
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/25/2003
Series:
Ahmanson-Murphy Fine Arts Bks.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Director's Foreword
Acknowledgments
Lenders to the Exhibition

The Artist and the Changing Garden
Betsy G. Fryberger
Representing the Social and Cultural Experiences of Italian Gardens in Prints
Claudia Lazzaro
The Garden Print as Propaganda, 1573–1683
Elizabeth S. Eustis
Méréville: Last Masterwork of the Eighteenth-Century Landscape Garden in France
Diana Ketcham
City Parks and Private Gardens in Paintings of Modern America, 1875–1920
Carol M. Osborne
Resurrection: The Built Landscapes of George Hargreaves
Paula Deitz

Catalogue of the Exhibition
Designing Gardens
Historic Examples
Gatherings and Activities in Garden Settings
Index
Photographic Credits
Photographic Credits

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