Art Movements

A brief view of flowers in still life

Thursday: Exploring Different Types of Art

This Thursday I have decided to explore the category of still life’s but I decide to place specific requirements for the works that I will showcase this week. I am specifically looking at flowers and art created in the 19th and very early 20th century.

In particular I find these first three pieces of work so interesting and different. Picasso’s work centers on the flowers in a more abstract way with a blue background. Bosschaert’s work done almost 300 years before Picasso’s piece and it is more precise (the flowers look more realistic and much more detailed). His piece is oil on copper rather than canvas. Mary Cassatt’s piece creates a sense of context by creating a background. Her piece of art tells the viewer a story by setting the scene. I love the purple of the lilacs.

Two different looks at flowers created by the French artist Edouard Manet in 1882. His use of crystal or clear vases to focus on the flowers is interesting. The container fades into the background.

While in contrast the vase is very import to Johannes van Os as he created a Greek inspired pattern on the pottery

Still Life with Flowers in a Greek Vase: Allegory of Spring by Georgius Johannes van Os, 1817

Lastly, these two pieces of art created almost 200 years apart showcase the differences in styles of art. In Roepel’s piece the oil paint colors are muted and darker which creates a darker mood. While in contrast, Anemones by Dufy are done in watercolors and are brighter and create a happier mood.

Hope you have enjoyed a brief look at some still life paintings of flowers…..

Join me here tomorrow for an artist’s profile of Claude Monet!


Moss Roses in a Vase

Picasso Flowers

Flowers in a Crystal Vase

Lilacs in a Window


Flower Still Life

Allegory of Spring

Stilleven met bloemen


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