Docent Lecture: The Garden: An Alfresco Studio for Impressionist Painters, Carol Nelson

Painting of sunflowers

Gustave Caillebotte, Sunflowers along the Seine, ca. 1885–1886. Oil on canvas. FAMSF, Estate of Diana Dollar Knowles

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Florence Gould Theater

The garden served as inspiration for many Impressionist painters. Among the most enthusiastic gardeners were Gustave Caillebotte, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Paul Cézanne. Which came first—an interest in the garden or in painting—is not always easy to determine.

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