In an office yesterday was a Japanese four-panel painting on wood of chrysanthemums, goldenrod and wisps of flowering miscanthus.
The stark white of the mums popped against the tawny background, but the panels’ overall effect was of a soothing, subtle glow with quiet movement etched onto its surface.
Any business to be conducted in that office would not be disrupted by this lovely but soft-spoken art.
Which got me thinking about the current state of flowers pictorially.
Are artists still interested in glorious, full-throated renderings of flowers?
Or have we been done in by the sentimental, genteel approach, like chintz wallpaper, or overly stylized graphic design musings?
By providing those twin stark contrasts, you can tell I’m not really au courant with the subject.
But I do know when I first came across French artist Claire Basler’s large scale flower paintings they held that proverbial shock of the new for me.
See for yourself.
Those are some great paintings. I don’t own any of her work, but I am in love with Nancy Depew’s paintings of peonies. She paints other flowers as well, but the peonies really get to me will all of their floriferousness….
Beautiful work. I like it very much. To have rooms like those of Chateau Beauvoir–wow. Thanks for the find!
Beautiful and grand. I wish I could live in these rooms.
That wide shot of the studio got to me, so I checked out her site. So much to love there, such drama! So many paintings too — thanks for sharing!
Wonderful. Thanks for the introduction!
Wonderful painting! I love all them.
Beautiful indeed, from an equally beautiful setting. Thanks for the introduction!
Gorgeous! Thanks for introducing me to this artist.