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Bonkei involves the vision and skill of the painter, sculptor, Bonsai fancier, and toolmaker. An eye for beauty and for the effects of seasonal variations on mountains. Trees, and rivers is indispensable. Each creator brings his own feelings and interpretation to the landscape so that the work becomes a personal statement rather than a technical reproduction of nature …

TASCHEN s 25th anniversary - Special edition! The refined and revered tradition of botanical illustration, produced under aristocratic patronage, stretches back to the Renaissance. It emerged out of the desire to catalogue nature in all its wild splendour, and it was a process that demanded the most precise and skilful of artists. French flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redout? is often viewed as one of the last and the best of these painters and engravers. Commissioned by among others, Napoleon s Josephine, …
Amazon / Taschen
Price: 109.92 $

Gardens are refuges, ideal and protected places, almost always enclosed, often artificial, occasionally wild. An artist s view of a garden, his own garden, will show it to be a special place, a locus amoenus, as well as a source for smaller pleasures--single plants to be depicted with botanical precision in all of their beauty. The spectrum of work gathered here ranges from medieval gardens of Eden, depicted by Albrecht Durer and his contemporaries, to Peter Paul Rubens s courtly, gallant games in …
Amazon / Brand: Hatje Cantz
Price: 80.96 $

Innisfree is a unique garden in which the techniques of Oriental design are disguised as an enchanted natural landscape. Open to the public yet hardly advertised, it is a secret garden everyone may share.Set in 200 acres in Millbrook, New York, some 90 miles from New York City, Innisfree was the private preserve of Walter and Marion Beck from 1929 to 1960. It was then bequeathed to The Innisfree Foundation, under the trusteeship of landscape architect Lester Collins.Inspired by the scroll paintings …

TASCHEN s 25th anniversary - Special edition! The refined and revered tradition of botanical illustration, produced under aristocratic patronage, stretches back to the Renaissance. It emerged out of the desire to catalogue nature in all its wild splendour, and it was a process that demanded the most precise and skilful of artists. French flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redout? is often viewed as one of the last and the best of these painters and engravers. Commissioned by among others, Napoleon s Josephine, …
Amazon / Taschen
Price: 74.95 $

it took me a long time to understand my water lilies, Monet wrote of his pond at Giverny. I had planted them for the pure pleasure of it, and I grew them without thinking of painting them...And then, all of a sudden, I had the revelation of the enchantment of my pond. I took up my palette. Since then I ve had no other model. The pond became Monet s most enduring motif, the water lilies the most celebrated flowers he ever painted. This book tells the story of their role as a central source of artistic …
Amazon / Little Brown & Company
Price: 71.11 $

Carl Linnaeus (1707-78) invented the system, now used worldwide, of giving living organisms two Latin names and through his Systema Naturae, published in 1735, brought order to all recorded knowledge about plants and animals. This book charts Linnaeus s rise from poor student at Lund University in Sweden, to Professor of Medicine at Uppsala and founder of the Royal Academy of Sciences. A keen traveller, scientist, collector, painter and geologist, his lifelong passion was for botany. In the course …
Amazon / Frances Lincoln Ltd
Price: 64.99 $

Excerpt from The Woods and by Ways of New England In describing the aspects of. Nature, I have selected such views as afl ord me the most pleasure, endeavoring by my manner of presenting them to inspire the reader with the same agreeable sensations. I have aimed, not so much to make a graphic picture of any scene from which a painter might with his brush or pencil obtain a copy on canvas, as, on the other hand, to make the reader feel as he would in the presence of it. I have also confined my descriptions …
Amazon / Forgotten Books
Price: 58.61 $

Paradise haunts gardens, writes Derek Jarman, and it haunts mine. Jarman s public image is that of a filmmaker of genius, whose work, dwelling on themes of sexuality and violence, became a byword for controversy. But the private man was the creator of his own garden-paradise in an environment that many might think was more of a hell than a heaven - in the flat, bleak, often desolate expanse of shingle that faces the nuclear power station in Dungeness, Kent. Jarman, a passionate gardener from childhood, …

Gardening was something I learned in my youth. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers - Claude Monet Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) created a magnificent five-acre garden that he considered to be his greatest artistic achievement. It was restored in 1980 and is now the most visited garden of its size in the Western world. With its spectacular color combinations and distinctive structural elements, the Monet garden at Giverny, France, inspires the dreams of thousands of gardeners. …
Amazon / Brand: Firefly Books
Price: 55.11 $

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available …

Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories is an intimate glimpse into the life and work of a self-taught Southern artist whose specialty is visually recording a fast-disappearing way of life. Born in western Kentucky in 1919, Helen LaFrance is the rare artist who is able to work deftly in more than one medium. She is an accomplished painter, quilter, wood carver, and Biblical interpreter. However, her real skill is her ability to connect with the viewer emotionally through the memories they both share. …

This behind-the-scenes exploration looks at the history of Claude Monet s garden at Giverny in France, and links the world of Monet the artist with Monet the gardener. Four chapters trace the garden through the different seasons of the year, paying special attention to the atmosphere and light that so preoccupied Monet and became the focus of his life as a painter. Throughout, the work done by Giverny s present-day gardeners is analysed to reveal the practical techniques of maintaining the most-visited …
Amazon / Brand: Frances Lincoln
Price: 48.09 $

Rosie Sanders, often described as the best painter of the world s most famous fruit, has devoted years to researching this book and submitting the apples to hour upon hour of meticulous observation. In 144 sensuously detailed watercolours she depicts the unrivalled range of form, colour and texture which characterize such varieties as Beauty of Bath, Peasgood Nonsuch, Cox s Orange Pippin and Egremont Russet. She shows the apples together with their blossom, twig and leaf and has written a detailed …
Amazon / Frances Lincoln
Price: 35.00 $

Escape to 22 lush garden retreats through exquisite photography and delightful stories. This privileged tour guides the reader through the colorful flora of Florida’s best-kept grounds, while homeowners share the history of their uniquely landscaped abodes. Meet the painter-turned-horticulturist who transformed her garden into a mysterious, forest-like escape; the couple who drew inspiration from their travels to the Near East to create an award-winning oasis worthy of Persian royalty; and many …
Amazon / Gibbs Smith
Price: 33.92 $

Gardens of Secret Delights Among the more than 30 great and small projects within In & Out of Paris are Vaux-le-Vicomte, Versailles, and Courances―all classic André Le Nôtre–style French gardens. Also discover the Paris gardens of celebrated artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and art aficionado Pierre Bergé, architect Kenzō Takada’s Japanese retreat in the Bastille, Australian couturier Martin Grant’s tiny terrace in the Marais, Mexican painter MariCarmen Hernandez’s Montmartre rooftop, …
Amazon / Gibbs Smith
Price: 33.78 $