Eric T. Haskell, professor of French studies and humanities at Scripps College and director of the Clark Humanities Museum, will present a free lecture titled “Easels in Eden: Monet’s Gardening and Painting at Giverny” on Friday, January 15, at 6 p.m. in the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium.
His lecture will focus on the relationship between Claude Monet’s gardening practices and the painterly techniques he developed to create canvases in the landscape at Giverny from the 1890s until his death in 1926. Haskell will examine how Monet moved beyond representation to abstraction, thereby subtly prefiguring the modern aesthetic.
Haskell has curated more than a dozen exhibitions and authored numerous publications, among which is the catalogue Le Nôtre’s Gardens for an exhibition he curated at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, as well as the book The Gardens of Brécy: A Lasting Landscape.
Prior to his lecture at the Museum, Haskell will present “Modern Floras: The Frenchwoman’s Garden in the Twentieth Century” at the Fort Worth Garden Club meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center (3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.; free admission).
Kimbell Art Museum hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-332-8451. Web site: www.kimbellart.org.