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See connections between gardening and American Impressionism in an exhibition at the Huntington

See connections between gardening and American Impressionism in an exhibition at the Huntington
"The Crimson Rambler" is a circa 1908 oil-on-canvas work by Philip Leslie Hale. (Barbara Katus)

The exhibition "The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920" is making its only West Coast stop at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Paintings in the exhibition explore the connections between the American Impressionist movement and the emergence of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit, depicting gardening in yards, parks and gardens — often with urban backdrops.

The exhibition is a condensed version of the original show organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In all, 17 paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries explore the connection between American painting and garden design.

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The historic gardens at the Huntington make an ideal setting for the show. "After all, where else can you so deeply explore the connection between landscape design and painting during the American Impressionist period than here, where renowned botanical gardens — many first planted at the turn of the 20th century — surround the art galleries?" said Huntington art collections director Kevin Salatino.

"The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920"

When: Through May 9. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and Monday holidays, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (626) 405-2100 or huntington.org

Where: The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino

How much: $10 to $25

Info: (626) 405-2100 or huntington.org

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