For Students

Past Exhibitions: 2004

The Changing Garden: Four Centuries of European and American Art

West, Box, and Twentieth-Century Galleries
March 13–May 23, 2004


An Italian Garden by William Merritt Chase
William Merritt Chase (American, 18491916)
An Italian Garden
ca. 1909
Oil on canvas
Chrysler Museum of Art, Gift of Edward J. Brickhouse

Gardens represent an exceptional conjunction of art and nature. Through prints, drawings, illustrated books, photographs, and several paintings, this exhibition will trace the changing taste and aesthetics of European and American gardens, from sixteenth-century Italian villas of the Medici family, to Louis XIV's Versailles, to New York City's Central Park and San Francisco's Crissy Field. The exhibition features more than 150 works by nearly 100 artists, including Atget, della Bella, Bellows, Bonnard, Chase, Daumier, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, Rowlandson, Sargent, and Whistler, some drawn from the UMMA collections.

This exhibition was organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University. The exhibition and catalogue have been made possible by the late Dr. A. Jess Shenson and an anonymous donor, with additional support from the Ducommun and Gross Family Foundation. Special recognition is given to Oak Creek Apartments for their support of student research for this exhibition.

The Ann Arbor presentation of this exhibition is made possible by National City Bank.

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