BAR HARBOR — Artist Judy Taylor shared her thoughts on artists and their fascination with gardens during a talk at Garland Farm, the home of the Beatrix Farrand Society, on July 6.
Taylor, a distinguished artist and teacher, led the talk in the quaint barn. She began by exploring the works of Sandro Botticelli, including his famous “Primavera.” Using Boticelli’s work, Taylor explained the symbolism of flowers and the way in which they contribute to a painting’s composition.
Taylor discussed the works of Joaquín Sorolla, a Spanish artist who was also fascinated with gardens. She used Sorolla’s works to make connections between the inspiration that drives both artist and gardener when she said “as a gardener, it’s not just you placing the flowers, it’s you painting the garden together.”
The talk also included discussion of Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent. Taylor wove in examples of her experiences in France as both a teacher and a painter working with models and flowers. After the talk, Taylor led the audience of more than two dozen out into Farrand’s gardens to discuss painting composition and the flowers in plein air.
The Beatrix Farrand Society was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit corporation for the art and science of horticulture and landscape design. The society is named after Farrand, one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects. Farrand specialized in private garden design. Many of her gardens were in Maine. The Garland Farm was Farrand’s last garden and home, where she resided from 1955 until her death in 1959.