People all over the world have been sending flowers as a way of expressing themselves, for centuries. With a wide range of sizes, colours as well as their sometimes scarcity and varying styles, flowers have set many a different mood in paintings and have become the motifs for artists on many occasions.
There are many famous impressionist painters that feature flowers in their painting and deserve mentioning. Among those that we would like to tell you about:
Édouard Manet (1832 –1883) was one of the first nineteenth century artists to make the transition from Realism to Impressionism. Two of his flower paintings are; Flowers in a Crystal Vase, National Gallery of Art, 1882 and Carnations and Clematis in a Crystal Vase, Musée d’Orsay, 1883.
Claude Monet (1840 –1926) continued the practice of the impressionist painting philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature. He enjoyed his house and garden in Giverny. He is known to have said, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Two of his paintings, to mention just a few, are; Still-Life with Anemones, 1885 and The Rose-Way in Giverny, 1920-1922.
French artist Paul Cézanne (1839 –1906) was a Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne is said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century’s new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. He used planes of colour and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields, both a direct expression of the sensations of the observing eye and an abstraction from observed nature.
Vincent Van Gogh (1853 –1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art for its vivid colours and emotional impact. Two of his paintings are the still life; Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (August 1888) and Irises (1889 during the last year of his life at an Asylum). He called the painting “the lightning conductor for my illness”, because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint.
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