Janson - A Formal Garden 5" x 7" Note Card

Notecard featuring Janson's A Formal Garden.

- 5 x 7 inches blank notecard with a white envelope
- Printed in Korea using soy-based inks and recycled paper
- Item #: 5889

Prosperous eighteenth-century Dutch citizens were so proud of their gardens that they hired artists like Johannes Janson to record them for posterity. The estate shown here may have been located in the province of Noordholland, north of Amsterdam. The picture shows the wealth and the sophisticated leisure afforded by the estate: the promenade at left leads to farmland, while the path at right leads to a shipping scene, two primary sources of Holland's prosperity. The flower gardens in the foreground form a broderie parterre, literally 'embroidery flower bed'; these gardens were often designed by the same artists who made drawings for bedspreads, bed hangings, and other items. They were not filled with flowers but with contrasting soil or gravel, neatly framed with small box plants.

A Formal Garden
Johannes Janson (Dutch, 1729 - 1784)
Oil on canvas
53.3 × 73 cm (21 × 28 3/4 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles