There is nothing quite as quintessentially French as a stroll in the garden, from the regal elegance of the Tuileries in Paris to the organic assembly of Monet’s expansive gardens in Giverny. This simple seduction by nature, alongside the cultural transformations that encouraged it, is the theme of “Public Parks, Private Gardens – Paris to Provence”, on view at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art through 29 July.

Bringing together more than 100 works from the Met’s permanent holdings as well as works from private collections worldwide, “Public Parks, Private Gardens” reveals the French fascination with the beauty of nature. This takes the forms of photographs and prints but reaches its apex with a selection of late 19th-century Impressionist paintings that use their powerful abilities to capture nature to profound effect. Learn more on the Met Museum site.

Have an affinity for nature? Musebooks offers a selection of titles on Breathtaking Views, where you’ll find works by some of history’s greatest landscape painters, alongside seascapes and cityscapes as well.