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The Begonias (The Gardener), 1913

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 180 x 245 cm
  • Inv. 1913-K

Public Domain

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Jenny Montigny had a predilection for painting everyday rural and village scenes in Sint-Martens-Latem. As we see in The Gardener, these snapshot depictions do not reveal poor conditions or the hard life of the labourer. On the contrary, Montigny always paints a harmonious social scene. The subject almost appears to be an excuse for the painting itself and for her attempt to capture the intensity of light on the canvas. The monumental format of The Gardener is unusual in her oeuvre. The horizon is placed fairly high so that two-thirds of the painting is dominated by variations of pink, red and orange-yellow. The whole canvas resembles a firework display of red and pink tones that also colour the sky and the figures.


Jenny Montigny RKD
Ghent 1875 - Deurle (Sint-Martens-Latem) 1937
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Title The Begonias (The Gardener)
Date 1913
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom left: J. Montigny
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1913-K
Acquisition credit purchase
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
22C light Iconclass
22C1 natural light Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
24A8 sunlight Iconclass
24A81 sunbeams Iconclass
25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25G41(BEGONIA) flowers (BEGONIA) Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
41A6811 watering plants Iconclass
41A682 gardening-tools Iconclass
41A682(WATERING CAN) gardening-tools (WATERING CAN) Iconclass
41D221(BOATER) head-gear: boater Iconclass
47I3 horticulture, vegetable culture, market gardening Iconclass
47I3(+21) horticulture, vegetable culture, market gardening (+ men (labourers)) Iconclass
61D(BELGIUM) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (BELGIUM) Iconclass
61E(DEURLE) names of cities and villages (DEURLE) Iconclass
61E(LAETHEM-SAINT-MARTIN) names of cities and villages (LAETHEM-SAINT-MARTIN) Iconclass
61F(PONTSTRAAT) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (PONTSTRAAT) Iconclass
School / Style Impressionist (style) AAT
Luminist (Belgian style and movement) AAT
Catalogus van het Museum van Schoone Kunsten Gent : II: Moderne Meesters / Georges Chabot, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Ad. Hoste, 1932 (p. 109)
Het impressionisme en het fauvisme in België = L'impressionisme et le fauvisme en Belgique (tentoonstelling Elsene, Museum van Elsene, 12.10 - 16.12.1990) / Serge Goyens de Heusch. - Elsene (Brussel) : Museum van Elsene, 1990 (p. 157-159, cat. 79 (ill.))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 243)
Investigation of paper Harikogaku and the restoration : Report / Mina Rikitake. - Kibi : Kibi International University of Japan Graduate School, s.d. (nr 27)
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