90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Monet's Gardens: On Canvas And In The Dirt

We’ll get lost in water lilies, wisteria and a fine riot of flowers, Monet-style.

The Artist's Garden at Giverny (Claude Monet)

The Artist’s Garden at Giverny (Claude Monet)

No one had ever painted flowers quite like Claude Monet, the great impressionist. His water lilies. His wisteria. His nasturtium. His roses and delphinium. In arches and cascades. Fiery and serene. Shimmering. Dreamy. But not from dreams. Monet was a gardener. A gardener extraordinaire. He painted his own gardens. His water garden. His Grande Allee.

And ever since, art lovers and gardeners have flocked to his canvases. Dreamed of his gardens at Giverny. Dreamed of recreating their own Monet magic.

This hour, On Point: the fine riot of flowers of Claude Monet.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Paul Tucker, professor of Art, University of Massachusetts-Boston. He has curated Monet exhibits across the world, and is curator of the New York Botanical Garden’s current exhibit titled “Monet’s Garden.”

Derek Fell, writer, photographer, gardener and landscape designer. He’s the author of The Magic of Monet’s Garden: His Planting Plans and Color Harmonies and The Impressionist Garden. You can find a gallery of Fell’s photos here.

Gallery

Here are some paintings by Claude Monet as well as photos from our guest Derek Fell. You can find a gallery of photos from our On Point listeners here.

From Tom’s Reading List

For some notes on how to plant your own Monet-inspired garden, see these notes from Derek Fell.

The New York Times  “The gardens he created during the course of 40 years at Giverny, his country home midway between Paris and Rouen, rank as one of the great artistic projects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”

The New York Times “The market for Claude Monet’s paintings faltered in the 1880s but came back the following decade, when he started producing series like the haystacks and the Rouen Cathedral facades. He began to make a lot of money, enough to finance his own private utopia in Giverny in northern France, where he devoted himself to flower gardening with as much industry and creativity as he did to painting.”

Playlist

“Pinsonette” by  L’accordéon de France

“Reine de musette” by Les as de Nogent

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Mar 4, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a keynote address at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.  (AP)

Hillary Clinton’s week of bad headlines: about her emails and foreign money going to the Clinton Foundation. We’ll dig in.

Mar 4, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

RECENT
SHOWS
Mar 3, 2015
This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. Breakfast habits in America are changing, leading to dramatic shifts in business strategy. (AP)

Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We’ll look at Americans and breakfast.

 
Mar 3, 2015
A group of community activists in San Francisco, CA celebrate that city's February 2014 embrace of the Fair Chance Campaign's efforts to alter background checks on employment and housing for convicted criminals. (Courtesy All of Us Or None)

Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime? We’ll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Answers To Your Questions On Black Holes
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

More »
Comment
 
Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

More »
Comment