13 of The Best Garden Paintings By Famous Artists
Claude Monet – The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil (1880)French painter, Monet, was one of the founders of the French Impressionist movement and regarded as the most creative practitioners of his time who was able to express nature in a beautiful, alternative way. Monet’s mission was to capture and document the French countryside throughout the seasons, particularly observing the change in light, changing the mood of each painting ever so subtly. That said, by the 1880s, Monet became more interested by the painted surface rather than the light exposure from the change in seasons, and took great care with his choice of brushstrokes and textures of heavily layered paints.
The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil is a painting of Monet’s son in the garden. Behind the boy you can see other members of the family, with their home positioned in the foreground. Decorating the sides of the painting are large sunflowers and various pops of colour, depicting bluebells and plums amongst a vast sea of greenery. The high horizon on this painting draws the eye into the centre of the canvas and back out again to admire the technicalities of the actual paintwork and colour choices.