Synopses & Reviews
Water lilies, reflecting ponds, a Japanese footbridge, and blankets of glorious flowers: Nothing evokes Claude Monetand#8217;s Impressionist paintings quite like images from his gardens at Giverny, about 50 miles northwest of Paris. Monet discovered a profound source of artistic renewal in these gardens, a motif that appears in hundreds of his works. In Claude Monetand#8217;s Gardens at Giverny, Dominique Lobsteinand#8217;s dynamic text introduces us to the many personalities that have strolled through these gardens and the role this setting played in Monetand#8217;s life, while Jean-Pierre Gilsonand#8217;s lush four-season photographs offer a tour through the literally thousands of flowersand#8212;daffodils, irises, poppies, tulips, and moreand#8212; winding pathways, arching trellises, cherry trees heavily laden with blossoms, and, of course, the iconic water garden. This book brings to life critical moments in Monetand#8217;s biography, presenting a vivid glimpse into the beloved artistand#8217;s personal experiences and creative universe.
Ambitious in scope and a wonder to examine, Gardens in Time captures two millennia of garden history between its covers. The follow-up to world-renowned photographer Alain Le Toquins successful The Most Beautiful Gardens in the World, Gardens in Time contains lush and glorious photographs of the nearly 130 gardens that Le Toquin explored across 20 countriesthe most comprehensive garden photo documentary ever undertaken by a single photographer. From the Roman gardens at Hadrians villa to the modern work of landscape gardeners like Fernando Caruncho, the Wirtzes, and Robert Irwin, historical and contemporary gardens are showcased. All are complemented by Jacques Bossers informative text, which reveals the evolutions, transformations, influences, and trends that characterize these beautiful landscapes, putting into context their aesthetic appeal, both then and now.
In Secret Gardens, readers experience the magic of discovering beautiful, intricately planned, and meticulously cultivated hidden worlds. More than 200 spectacular images showcase 13 private gardens, extraordinary examples of landscape design that are usually inaccessible to the public, and which have neverandmdash;or very rarelyandmdash;been featured in any publication. From France, Spain, Germany, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and more, these gardens o ffer a dizzying range of horticultural and conceptual diversity. The designers reflect on the steps that went into bringing the garden to life, and the book concludes with biographies of landscape architects whose work is featured within, explaining the creative vision of some of the most respected design professionals working today.
About the Author
is an acclaimed landscape photographer whose work has been exhibited around the world and has appeared in several books, including Scotland
, and Territoires de France
. Dominique Lobstein
, head of the Musand#233;e dand#8217;Orsayand#8217;s library, is an experienced author and expert on mid- to late-19th-century art.