Bursting with color and fragrance, a garden can be a perfect sanctuary and an ideal source of inspiration. Springtime confirms this truth, providing us with boundless beauty in the form of flowers…until they fade.
Yet artists have long discovered that they have the magic to capture such exquisiteness and preserve it for generations to come.
Their brushstrokes can bring us back to nature’s serenity.
Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh, Sorolla, Sargent and Pissarro are among the countless painters who have chosen gardens as their subject matter. Oftentimes, the artists were also avid gardeners themselves.
As part of the exhibit “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse”, their masterpieces were among those admired at the Cleveland Museum of Art last fall, and subsequently, at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, earlier this year. The show focused on the influence gardens have had on the evolution of art from the early 1860s through the 1920s.
However, although the exhibition itself has closed, the artists’ work has been encapsulated in a film of the same name, allowing their genius to continue to blossom. And as part of Fathom Events’ “Art and Architecture in Cinema” series, now moviegoers throughout the country will have the opportunity to become awestruck by artwork.
As the camera zooms in for rare close-ups, such films can provide an intimate view of some of the world’s most renowned works of art, while leading art curators and experts share their knowledge and insight. With the addition of relevant soundtracks, and in some cases actual actors, these films can further broaden and enhance one’s perspective. Then too, other germane visuals can be intoxicating; director David Bickerstaff incorporated footage of actual gardens in “Painting the Modern Garden”, including Monet’s garden at Giverny.
The “Art and Architecture in Cinema” series, which premiered in January and continues through July, is a collaboration of Fathom Events, SpectiCast, Nexo Digital and Seventh Art Productions. Besides previous films, which included those about Francisco Goya, Leonardo da Vinci and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, on June 16, “Teatro Alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders” will be screened, and on July 17, “St. Peter’s and The Papal Basilicas of Rome” will be presented.
By bringing world-renowned works of art and their environs to the big screen, the “Art and Architecture in Cinema” series does more than simply provide knowledge and share culture.
In a sense, it is making dreams come true.
Wrote Sue Dobson of Canada, “As an opera lover, one of the few things left on my bucket list is to see a live opera at La Scala. I am 72 and on fixed income now, so that is probably not going to happen. This cinema event sounds like it is the next best thing and I can barely wait to see “Teatro Alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders”!”
“Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” will be presented in more than 350 select movie theaters nationwide, on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or by visiting the box offices of participating movie theaters.