The Easel

Archives: Jenny Uglow

24th March 2020

Garden of Painterly Delights

A tiny exhibition in London perfectly suited to our collective pandemic moment. Artists seeking  refuge from the ghastly memories of WW1 turned to the ordinary household garden. For them it was a mythical Eden, “a source of … enduring healing power.” Such ideas may sound quaintly English, but they tap into a bigger thought: “to confront the world, we can still retreat to nature as a refuge and resource.”