New York Botanical Garden
Last year, NY Botanical Garden had an incredible exhibit on impressionism. As I read a number of their description of this period of art, I found out about Florence Griswold and I decided that I wanted to check this location. I will soon write about our experience going to Griswold museum. In the meantime, I thought I would let you experience what I saw at the NY Botanical Garden. This was last year’s blog.
Once inside the NYBG begin your exploration of Impressionism by walking through a Tulip Tree Allee lined path up to the library. A fountain, composed of a larger than life nymph, a pair of seahorses, a chariot, and waves was sculpted by Charles E. Tefft to produce a stunning sculpture. It is known as the Lillian Goldman Fountain of Life, 1905.
The Library Buidling
The Library Building’s architect was Robert W. Gibson. The Landmark Preservation Commission states that it is a “grand neo-Renaissance style” structure. It was the first American museum devoted solely to botany. For this exhibit, the sixth floor has been turned into an art museum. There are works from Henri Crenier, John Singer Sargent, Matilda Brown, William Chadwick and so many other Impressionist artists.
(Frederick Childe Hassam’s The Jewel Box is from the National Academy Museum)
You learn that many of these artists loved to spend time at Florence Griswold’s mansion in Old Lyme, Ct., in Tuxedo Park, NY and in Appledore, Maine. There were also other grounds for these artists to put on canvas nature’s beauty. They searched for beautiful gardens and found many at the East end of Long Island. Once you have viewed these masterpieces, you can either walk or take the tram to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
The Conservatory was designed by Lord and Burnham Co., a leading greenhouse company of the time. Their inspiration was from the Palm House at the Royal Botanic Garden and Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace in Italian Renaissance style. It is here where you will see many of the Impressionists’ floral inspiration.
During NYBG opening weekend, there were period costumed couples that willingly had their pictures taken. There was a group of very talented tap dancers from the Apartment 33 performing and Michael Arenella’s Brass Band, who played music from the impressionist period.
(Frederick Carl Frieseke’s Hollyhocks is from the National Academy Museum)
This is an exhibit that all should view. Our pinterest.com/usauncovered account will have many pictures of the floral arrangements that are on display. Please let us know how you liked this great exhibit.
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