The Impressionists’ Garden

Last week I was treated to a little one-on-one session with some of the world’s most incredible painters.

Even better in fact, I was invited into their favourite gardens.

You follow me on social media, you know how much I love a good garden.

Life really doesn’t get much better than this!

Painting the Modern Garden-3

This is the last week to see The Royal Academy’s “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” and you have to go.

It is quite simply breathtaking.

I won’t share too much, just a little hint of what hides behind those grand doors.

Painting the Modern Garden-4

Why not start with my pick of the bunch?

P. S. Krøyer’s “Roses”

His wife relaxing in a deckchair in 1893 at Madam Bendsen’s house. Marie Krøyer reads as the dog snoozes at her feet, an empty chair beside her, where perhaps Peter would sit when he wasn’t busy painting or photographing her.

There’s something spellbinding about the light on the roses, the shadows and sense of calm.

The perfect Sunday afternoon, immortalized.

Painting the Modern Garden-5

There are countless incredible paintings, from many of the great Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists from the early 1860s right through to the 1920s.

Painting the Modern Garden-6

Painting the Modern Garden-7

Rhododendron in Tuxen’s garden – 1917

Painting the Modern Garden-8

Orange Lilies, Broadway, Worcestershire, ca. 1911

There are rooms filled with Monet’s lilies.

Painting the Modern Garden-9

You can swim your way through them and drown in his brush strokes.

Painting the Modern Garden-11

There are greenhouses filled with sketch books and note pads.

Painting the Modern Garden-12

The Table in the White Garden at Gerberoy, Henri Le Sidaner

Painted in 1900 but it appears timeless.

Painting the Modern Garden-13

Henri Le Sidaner’s Les pots de faïence, 1928

Painted in the Gerberoy gardens near Picardy.

Just the tiniest taste of an overwhelmingly marvelous exhibition. I can’t recommend a trip enough, and there’s still time if you hurry!

Book tickets online here Or become a member and get free ones.

The best idea is to go early, and then you’ll have time to pop out to breakfast afterwards!

Painting the Modern Garden-14

Just a stroll across the road and you’ll fall into a very comfortable booth at The Wolesley.

Painting the Modern Garden-15

Just the place for a little post-culture feed.

Painting the Modern Garden-16

Painting the Modern Garden-17

English breakfast with all the trimmings.

Painting the Modern Garden-18

Eggs Benedict.

Painting the Modern Garden-19

Toast with butter, jam, marmalade, lemon curd and chocolate spread.

Don’t even get me started on the strawberries & cream doughnuts.

Breakfast of dreams. Book a table, or risk it and sit in the bar.

Before you race off, make sure to peer into every window of the Piccadilly Arcade.

Painting the Modern Garden-20

Less crowded than Burlington and just as wonderful.

You’ll find some of the most dapper mannequins you could ever hope to come across.

Painting the Modern Garden-21

Along with similarly dressed gents scuttling in and out of the shops.

Painting the Modern Garden-22

Camel coat // Pink shirt

Blue jeans // Pink slippers (similar)

Blue Chanel bag // Sunnies

Painting the Modern Garden-23

Painting the Modern Garden-24

Pop into Maille for some truffle mustard and Santa Maria Novella for a bag of their perfumed potpourri.

Your house will smell like a Florentine cathedral and that mustard will all but change your life.

Not bad for a morning’s pootle on Piccadilly!

Share it

|

Have you seen these?

  • Ahhh Piccadilly Arcade! One of my favourite hidden gems in London. I love it at Christmas xx

    http://www.shegoeswear.com – Lifestyle and Workwear Blog

  • Beautiful paintings, and I love your shoes! So cute.
    Passed by you and Julia yesterday in Notting hill, you guys looked mega cute in your outfits!

    http://NatalyG.co.uk

  • I think the national gallery is my favourite of all the galleries in London – Lovely Post

    LEACH | http://www.theleachlife.com

  • Looove a good window dressing and those really are THE most dapper. Love it. Slightly more excited about them than the beautiful art… Priorities.

  • Kari Guastella

    Monet was my favorite painter when I was a child! I had a book called Linnea in Monet’s Garden (given to me because that’s my middle name) and I would just flip through the pages looking at the flower paintings for hours!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Totally dreamy, must pop to the exhibition tomorrow while in London-love the Woseley, their caramelised apple tart is EVERYTHING!

  • This exhibition looks lovely! I cannot wait to see it 🙂

    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

  • Sofia

    So lovely! I wish I went there! https://sofiehunter.wordpress.com

  • Piccadilly Arcade looks beautiful! It is now on my list of must do’s when I visit the UK next year 🙂

    http://www.thedaycationdiary.com

  • The exhibition looks great and the breakfast does too! x

    allgoldflowing.wordpress.com

  • The Sunday Mode

    Those paintings look so beautiful and this sounds like an ideal day. A bit of an art show in the morning, breakfast and a stroll afterwards. Yep, that definitely sounds ideal!

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  • Beautiful paintings! Plus that breakfast looks delicious! And I love those pretty pink slippers!

    http://www.blushandbordeaux.com

  • Simi Atanda Lindgren

    Absolutely love the Wolsley! Think I may have spotted you there! x
    http://www.whiitelist.com

  • That breakfast looks divine! Can’t beat eggs benedict!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Cate Elise

    What’s more lovely – the paintings, the breakfasts or your beautiful shirt?! xxx

    The perks of being a hipster blog

  • Oyster and Pearl Jewellery

    Very civilised outing! I have coffee envy ☕️
    http://www.oysterandpearljewellery.com

  • Bree

    Such a great outfit!

    Wonderfulandwhimsical.com

  • Lauren

    That breakfast looks delicious!

    http://www.luxelist.me

  • Simply breathtaking. There’s just something about spending an afternoon looking at artwork. I’m going to see the Van Gogh exhibit in Chicago this coming weekend. I cannot wait!

    Bisous,

    Sarah

    http://www.wholesomebeauty.me

  • What more can you want from a blog post?

    Great art, great food, great clothes. Perfection!

    Looking forward to seeing more posts 🙂

  • Ash

    The waterlilies are magnificent but nothing is so beautiful to my eye as a perfect cappuccino…or maybe that’s just my late night talking. 😉

    Ash
    http://www.theboardandwire.com

  • Amazing post Rosie! Love the outfit as well. Those pink slippers are super cute x

    http://www.mithmagazine.com | @mithmagazine

  • Michelle Newby

    That breakfast looked unbelievable! and i am loving those shoes. all around perfection!

    Michelle
    http://www.livingincinnamon.com/

  • CelebratingthisLife

    A pink shirt and matching slippers, a girl after my own (pink) heart! I’ll be visiting London in a few weeks so I’ll miss seeing this exhibit but thankfully you shared a few nice photos of it! Thanks for that! I’m off to search for a few other places to visit while in London, would love to hear some of your recommendations for a first timer! xx Rox-Anne, Celebratingthislife.ca

  • Oh wow, how did you manage to get so many insider pictures and not be told off by the gallery staff?:) I have seen this exhibition before it ended and I was really impressed myself.

  • This looks like the best way to spend a morning. Museum, beautiful art, food. I’ll take it 😀 I spotted the ads for this exhibition and thought it might be good, that’s a shame I couldn’t do it! Monet was a genius. Have you ever been to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris? I think you might like the types of paintings they have, especially the Impressionist paintings! 🙂

    Julia x
    http://www.juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr

  • So many gorgeous shots and I love your shoes!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes