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Painting the Modern Garden

Monet’s Daylilies by the Water, which I was lucky enough to see this afternoon at the Royal Academy’s new Painting the Modern Garden exhibition. It’s a stunning show, and as much about social history, gardens and plants as it is about art. I particularly appreciated the fact that, where possible, species and cultivar names are given in the text panels.

I’ve chosen this image because I loved it and didn’t know it – despite the ubiquity of Monet’s flower paintings! His works make up about a quarter of the total, but the exhibition is a great mix of familiar and unfamiliar images and artists. The exhibition is on until the end of April.