Exploring the Impressionist garden
The year 2024 marks the 150th anniversary of the first group show by a young group of artists who later became known as the Impressionists. To honor this anniversary, we have launched a series of tours dedicated to visiting some of the gardens designed and by these artists. Our Picturesque Voyages tours to Impressionist artists’ gardens explores why these artists’ chose gardens as subjects for their paintings. We highly recommend combining our garden tours with museum visits in order to fully explore the relationship between painting and gardens. Visit our museum tours at this link.
Tours that connect historic garden design and art
During the 1860s and 1870s, a group of young painters exploring new techniques outside their studios, applied visible brushstrokes to canvas to record their perception of primary colors: reds and greens, yellows and purples, oranges and blues. It’s not surprising that painters turned to gardens as a favorite subject, with perennial and annual flowers offering unique opportunities to depict vibrant colors. These artists considered their canvases as scientifically ‘naturalistic,’ radically changing the foundations of picturesque viewing and creating the Impressionist movement. To learn more about this subject, visit our blog series, Nature into Art. If you would like to learn more about how Impressionist painting influences contemporary garden design, contact us for an exclusive tour.
Then & Now: Each tour begins with an iBook presentation of images selected from historical archives, providing a comparative context for viewing Paris today. After the tour, you can add your own photos to create a personal souvenir of your Picturesque Voyage.
Picturesque Voyages Tours Adhere to Recommended Health and Safety Guidelines
- Masks can be provided upon request.
- Tours are limited to 6 people. Family groups may be larger.
- All garden and walking tours maintain social distancing standards.