The Impressionists Gardens

An artistic interlude in Edinburgh…


As Edinburgh prepares to roll out the annual red carpet, we Fringe goers (like a pack of ravenous hounds) can’t wait to feast our eager eyes on the 2010 previews!

Every year I am amazed at the treats in store. Upon first impressions, it seems that once again our senses will be treated to a cultural pampering. Not only does this great city open its hospitable arms to us (the legions of Fringe-ites) every year, it manages to lay on a pretty decent show too. In addition to a packed programme of entertainment including about two thousand plays, comedy shows and gigs, we have the wonderful exhibitions laid on by the National Galleries of Scotland to get stuck into!

This year’s fab offering is that of ‘The Impressionists Gardens’! A one-off sumptuous display of ninety paintings, this promises to be a show with something for everybody! Works included in the show make up a veritable platter of all that is green and alive. How could an exhibition such as this fail? A gorgeous garden painted by a celebrated Impressionist – it could never disappoint.

My advice is to treat those Fringe late night tired eyes to a soothing array of garden pictures by the Impressionists as though they were ointment (organic of course) for the peepers. Monet, Pissarro, Sisley, Manet and more besides, The Impressionist Gardens is a must for all garden lovers. How apt that this exhibition should be staged in these times of flourishing leafy allotments. monet

View the exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy building (Upper Galleries), The Mound, Edinburgh city centre. The gallery is located adjacent to the Princes Street Gardens and a five minute walk from Waverley Station.

The exhibition is showing from the 31st July to the 17th October 2010.