The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism

Some of the paintings in The Artist's Garden exhibition
Some of the paintings featured in the exhibition. Clockwise from top left we have:
Philip Leslie Hale, Crimson Rambler, 1909; Matilda Browne, Clark Vorhees House 1914;
Childe Hassam, Summer Evening 1886; and Edmund Greacen, The Old Garden c. 1912.
All images are cropped and courtesy of the Florence Griswold Museum, except Crimson Rambler,
which is courtesy of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. All images supplied by Flint-PR

I've enjoyed visits to major art exhibitions in London with strong links to gardening over the past couple of years and in the process I've decided this is a fine way to appreciate both over the long winter months.

Imagine my joy at the discovery of another major art exhibition -  The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism - which according to the blurb is about:

" the American public fell in love in with gardening, and how this burgeoning interest in horticulture influenced a generation of American artists. Inspired by the work of European Impressionists, brought to New York by dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, a group of painters began to forge their own style in order to capture their own rapidly changing surroundings."

Which sounds just the ticket... only it's not coming over to the UK.


However, all is not lost. The advent of Event Cinema means a film of the exhibition is released this week, so we all have the chance to admire the paintings at our nearest screening. For me, that means a trip to The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham on Tuesday evening, a mere 5 miles away.

Here's the film's trailer:

If the above embedded link doesn't work, try here instead.

The film is produced by Exhibition on Screen, who also made the film of last year's incredible Painting the Modern Garden exhibition. That alone makes it worth a look in my view.

You can find out where the other screenings are on Tuesday here.

The Florence Griswold Museum, Connecticut
The Florence Griswold Museum today. Cropped Images courtesy & copyright Exhibition on Screen

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As part of their coverage of this event, The Guardian has an introduction to Florence Griswold's garden in Old Lyme, Connecticut where she played host to the artists who formed the Old Lyme art colony. As well as the garden's strong link to the American impressionists, it seems they were influenced by Giverny, thus forming a neat link with last year's Painting the Modern Garden exhibition.

They've also reviewed the film here.

The Eel Trap by Willard Metcalf
Willard Metcalf, The Eel Trap c. 1888, image courtesy of the Florence Griswold Museum

Update: Here's the URL for USA screenings as requested by Carol in the Comments:

People from other countries can find screenings in their own country by taking the link, then clicking on the downward arrow to the right of where it says United States. You'll then get a dropdown list of countries where the film is due for release.


  1. Looks interesting. I'll have to figure out where to see that on this side of the pond.

    1. Hi Carol - I've emailed the PR people to see if the film is due a worldwide cinema release. There was one for Painting the Modern Garden last year, so fingers crossed.

  2. Here's the URL for USA screenings:

    People from other countries can find screenings in their own country by clicking on the downward arrow to the right of where it says United States. You'll then get a dropdown list of countries where the film will be released.


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