Just as Monet rebelled against the traditions of nineteenth-century art and embraced an alternative way of representing the world, which spawned impressionism, Stephen Shore championed colour photography as an art form in the early 70s when it was still solely confined to the world of advertising and fashion.
So it’s fitting the innovative American photographer was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to document the extensive restorations to Monet’s Giverny garden in the late 70s and early 80s.
Over a five-year period between 1977 and 1982, Shore made several visits to the flower and water gardens that Monet had spent years creating.
‘We are thrilled to be showing Stephen Shore’s entire series from Giverny for the very first time, work by a photographer whose remarkable vision has shaped the evolution of the art of photography over the last several decades,’ said Vancouver Art Gallery Director, Kathleen S. Bartels. ‘The Giverny Portfolio captures with uncanny ability the gardens’ manifold variations in flora, texture and light that captivated Monet nearly a century ago.’
The series of twenty-five photographs not only evoke the tranquil contemplation of Monet’s paintings but also reveal the intense nature of the gardens in Shore’s quiet and reflective style.
Here, the photographer, who started out shooting black and white photos at Andy Warhol’s Factory, really embraces the sublime beauty of a horticultural haven.