A new exhibition that focuses on how people interact with nature, landscape and garden design is now on view at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Assembled entirely from the Museum’s own collection, Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper presents 100 prints, drawings and photographs by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries, sure to delight art and garden lovers alike.
The free exhibition continues through May 18 in the Works on Paper Gallery.
Artists have responded to the human impulse to “control” nature by creating many and varied artistic representations of flora. Works in Paper Roses demonstrate attempts to impose order on nature through formal garden design, to show nature in its uniquely simple beauty, to idealize nature through flights of fancy and to represent the perfection of individual plants.
According to Thomas Loeffler, the Museum’s assistant curator of works on paper, Paper Roses was assembled to complement the major international exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.
The Tuileries Garden, which stretches from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was created in 1564 for French royalty. Today it attracts 10 million visitors annually and is a key venue for art.
One section of Paper Roses focuses on formal garden design with works that include a collection of etchings of French formal gardens by Israël Silvestre. The second section offers landscapes by such notable artists as Rembrandt Van Rijn and Sir Francis Seymour Haden, while another portion of the exhibition contains studio studies and still life compositions. Here visitors will find etchings by Jules Ferdinand Jacquemart and Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer as well as photography by Edwin Hale Lincoln and Ruth Bernhard, among others.
Another section devoted to flights of fancy is the most diverse. Here Loeffler has gathered examples ranging from Old Masters through contemporary artists, such as Cuban Tomá Sánchez and Dearborn, Mich. native Sondra Feckelton.
Visit toledomuseum.org for more information and to see the online catalog for Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper. A hardcopy catalog for The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibition can be purchased online from the Museum Store.