The Enchanted Garden

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle


This exhibition considers the garden as a stage for the extraordinary, the magical, the atmospheric and the nostalgic. From the Pre-Raphaelites and French Impressionists to the Bloomsbury Group and 20th-century abstract painters, artists have taken inspiration directly from the gardens around them – whether small or large, manicured or wild. These secret, enveloping and sometimes mysterious spaces are seen through windows, in panoramas and often repeated in different lights and seasons – a less constrained space to set human dramas.

The exhibition will feature 90 paintings, works on paper and books. A wide range of artists are featured, including Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Lucien Pissarro, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, Stanley Spencer, Beatrix Potter, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Patrick Heron and Francis Bacon. Find out more about ‘The Enchanted Garden’ exhibition from the Laing’s website.

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The Heart of the Rose, Edward Burne-Jones

The Heart of the Rose (c. 1890), Edward Burne-Jones. Courtesy William Morris Gallery

Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Myteline, Simeon Solomon

Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Myteline (1864), Simeon Solomon. Courtesy Tate, London 2018

Design for Trellis wallpaper, William Morris and Philip Webb

Design for Trellis wallpaper (1862), William Morris and Philip Webb. Courtesy William Morris Gallery

Guinea Pigs Gardening, Beatrix Potter

Guinea Pigs Gardening (1893), Beatrix Potter. Courtesy F. Warne & Co. & The Victoria & Albert Museum

View of Kelmscott Manor from the Old Barn, May Morris

View of Kelmscott Manor from the Old Barn (c. 1880s), May Morris. Courtesy William Morris Gallery

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