Painting the ‘Avante Garden!’ at The RA

The best bit about the show was the presentation of blown-up photographs of the artists in their gardens painting or gardening. Some of the paintings gathered for the exhibition would be better placed in the compost heap. The highlight of the work was the not so well-known Spanish painter  Santiago Rusiñol (1861-1931). His use of light is highly impressive and is close to the magical. He was apparently a big influence on Picasso.


Monet in his garden at Giverny, France (left) and Santiago Rusinol, ‘Gardens of Aranjuez’, 1907 (right).

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