The exhibition “Painting the modern garden. From Monet to Matisse” at the RA, made me uneasy. First there was a frustrating feeling that the curators were trying to show in a different angle paintings that we have seen in many other contexts. We all know how Monet gardens look like and how he painted them!
Then there were a bit too many horticultural details in the explanations, it wanted to be for RHS and RA customers at the same time (may be the demographics of the two kind of themes is the same!).
I wanted to look at it from the expression and technical point of view and the conceptual point of view, but may be the Royal Academy is too traditional for this.
While I was walking around I was annoyed by the mixture of painters and styles, because their leitmotiv was not the painting but the flowers and gardens.
It was not set out as a particular style of painting or a juxtaposition of different ones, the focus were houses and gardens across Europe around the end of the 19th century and beginning of 20th.
I now would like to do a master in flower painting exploring all the techniques and styles of the past and developing my personal skills and style in that.