The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920

Philip Leslie Hale (1865-1931), Crimson Rambler, ca. 1908, Oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 30 3/16 in., Joseph E. Temple Fund, 1909.12

February 13 - May 24, 2015

Historic Landmark Building

Focused on the period 1887-1920, The Artist's Garden exhibition and catalogue will tell the story of American Impressionist artists and the growing popularity of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit at the turn-of-the-20th-century, bringing together paintings, sculpture, books, and gardening ephemera.The Artist's Garden will be organized around themes of American Artists/European Gardens; the Lady in the Garden, Leisure and Labor in the American Garden; the Urban Garden: the Artist’s Garden; and the Garden in Winter/Garden at Rest.

Among the artists whose works will be included are: Hugh Henry Breckinridge, Cecilia Beaux, William Merritt Chase, Charles C. Curran, Maria Oakey Dewing, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Daniel Garber, Philip Leslie Hale, Childe Hassam, Violet Oakley, Jane Peterson, Jessie Wilcox Smith, John H. Twachtman, Robert W. Vonnoh, and J. Alden Weir.

The exhibition and publication will include representations of gardens across both the United States and Europe, with special emphasis on the importance of the Philadelphia area, which served as the originator of the Colonial Revival Garden movement with the Centennial Exhibition in 1876.  Moreover, the Philadelphia area was the center of the publishing industry in the early 20th century, which led to the creation of magazines aimed at middle class suburban gardeners like House and Garden (founded in 1901 in Philadelphia).  Philadelphia was also the city that founded the Garden Club of America in 1913.

PAFA is collaborating with a diverse group of gardening organizations in Philadelphia to borrow and exhibit related objects and/or to partner on programming.

Curator: Dr. Anna O. Marley, Curator of Historical American Art


Leading support from the Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. The Major Exhibition Sponsor is Christie’s. Additional support from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Bill and Laura Buck, Edward and Wendy Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Washburn S. Oberwager, and Martin and Judy Stogniew.

PAFA's special exhibitions in 2014-15 are supported by generous contributions from Linda Seyda and Bob Boris and Jonathan Cohen.


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ public programs are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency).




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