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Artists' gardens
Laws, Bill.
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Publication Information:
North Pomfret, Vt. : Trafalgar Square, [1999]

Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
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SB365 .L39 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Booklist Review

This opulent book explores the gardens of 20 acclaimed painters and sculptors. They include Renoir, Henry Moore, Frida Kahlo, Cezanne, Monet, John James Audubon, Rubens, William Morris, Frederick Carl Frieseke, and Gertrude Jekyll. Laws examines the links between the artists, their works, and their gardens, and gives a brief biographical sketch of each. Moore's powerful forms dot the 70-acre grounds of his countryside home north of London. Trees, shrubs, succulents, and potted plants fill the courtyard of Casa Azul, Kahlo's (and Diego Rivera's) home in Mexico. The inspiration for many of Morris' designs sprang from the flower-filled borders at his Red House in Kent, England. Cezanne's most famous paintings capture his garden on the Chemin des Lauves in southern France. Monet spent 30 years painting his garden at Giverny under every conceivable kind of light. The book has 155 sumptuous color photographs and illustrations. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

Professional gardener Laws (Traditional Houses of Rural Spain) explores the links among artists, their work, and their gardens by presenting the gardens of 20 painters and sculptors, from old masters (like Peter Paul Rubens) to contemporary artists (Jennifer Bartlett), from the well-known (Claude Monet) to the unfamiliar (Kim Ondaatje). This oversize book works best when providing overviews of artists' careers and their gardens (which are lavishly displayed in many full-page color illustrations); analysis of the artists' work and their garden designs is weak. Although not a scholarly study--only a brief reading list is included, with no bibliographical references--this book does fill a gap in the literature at a very reasonable price. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.--Daniel Starr, Museum of Modern Art, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.