The Art of the Garden: The Garden in British Art, 1800 to the Present Day Edited by Nicholas Alfrey, Stephen Daniels and Martin Postle
With contributions by Stephen Bann, Brent Elliott, Mary Horlock and Ben Tufnell
4to. pp. 256. profusely illustrated. index. hardcover cloth. dw. [London: Tate Publishing, 2004].
Published in conjunction with an exhibition.
ISBN-10: 185437544X / ISBN-13: 9781854375445
British gardens-from the historic to the most contemporary-have long been a source of inspiration for artists. The lovely works featured in Art of the Garden span three centuries and range in media from traditional watercolors and oils to digitally enhanced photography and installation art. Turner, Constable, Bacon, Freud, Hume, Quinn: all of these artists have, at some point, returned to this most beloved of subjects and explored it in their individual way.
A unique mix of authors has contributed to the book, examining subjects as varied as the cross-fertilization between painting and design in the work of key garden designers and radical new takes on the garden in the work of contemporary artists. The book also features a gazetteer of artists' gardens, including those of James Tissot, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Derek Jarman.