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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520238834

ISBN-13: 9780520238831

Pub. Date: 07/25/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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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-Honore Fragonard represented the Villa d'Este at Tivoli in a state of neglected grandeur; Hubert Robert's painting of Mereville depicted a garden he helped design. By 1900 Eugene 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.

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 ForewordIX
AcknowledgmentsXI
Lenders to the ExhibitionXIII
The Artist and the Changing Garden1
Representing the Social and Cultural Experience of Italian Gardens in Prints29
The Garden Print as Propaganda, 1573-168341
Mereville: Last Masterwork of the Eighteenth-Century Landscape Garden in France53
City Parks and Private Gardens in Paintings of Modern America, 1875-192063
Resurrection: The Built Landscapes of George Hargreaves75
Catalogue of the Exhibition
Designing Gardens83
Historic Gardens131
Garden Gatherings199
Index233
Photographic Credits240

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