A rare and wonderful exhibit is now showing at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx: Monet's Garden. Monet's Garden is the celebration of the artwork and gardens that Monet created during the last decades of his life at his home in Giverny, France.
The exhibit "showcases a seasonally changing interpretation of the garden that inspired his art. In addition, two rarely seen paintings by the artist--one of which has never been shown in the United States--will be on exhibition, and films, concerts, poetry readings, and hands-on art for kids will provide rich insight into the life and work of this renowned master."
The grand entrance to the NYGB's Ross Gallery and Hall is where the two rare Monet paintings are being shown along with many other interesting artifcacts from his life at Giverny.
Two paintings - The Artist Garden at Giverny and Irises - are on loan and can be viewed in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library's Rondina Gallery. You can also look at rarely seen documents and images - like his flower order form, garden maps, his painting palatte - in the gallery.
A short tram ride will deposit you at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory where the majority of the Monet's Garden exhibit is housed. There are three different areas that highlight the layout of the Giverny gardens with some small modifications: the flower garden, the water garden and the water lily pond. The gardens will transport and transfix you and enlighten you as to how Monet was inspired to create his masterpieces while in residence at Giverny.
Three of the different exhibits in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory: Monet's Home, the Water Garden and the water lilies and aquatic plants.
The piece-de-resistance of the exhibit is the Flower Garden found in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Monet began creating the Grand Allee of the Clos Normand in the 1890s.
Monet planted vibrantly colored flowers that changed seasonally along both sides of the path in his flower garden. The shows flowers will change with the seasons- opening in spring with clematis, morning glories, poppies, roses, irises and peonies.
The exhibit is hardly through; there are two more ways to learn more about Givery and Monet's Gardens. One is via a poet's walk outside of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden. While at the garden you can read and hear about French Symbolist poets, including Mallarmé and Rimbaud, who were contemporaries of Monet. Additionally you can view some of the photographer Elizabeth Murray's work in the Ross Gallery. Her Seasons of Giverny capture Monet's garden and illustrate the "beauty of Monet’s garden as it exists now." You can also download the Garden’s new app to guide you through the exhibit as well as add some color to photos you take during your visit.
The Ross Gallery photographs from Giverny were taken by acclaimed photographer Elizabeth Murray.
Do take some time out of your spring, summer and/or fall to go view these amazing gardens and tribute to one of the masters of creativity, Claude Monet. His collaboration between nature and his artwork is clearly defined in the detailed reconstruction of his gardens. The exhibit runs May 19 - October 21. Tickets are $20 - $25 depending upon your date of visit.