Arts Everyday Living: Flowers in February—Are You An Artist-Gardener?

 

 

It’s flowers week! Even if spring has not yet arrived where you live, why not start preparing. Or if you are fortunate to reside in a milder climate, then enjoy your floral blessings.

 

Pause then, for a moment and really learn to know that flower, whether you have picked it from your garden or bought it at a local store.  Touch it, smell it, search it, experience it—noting the subtlety of its tones, the quality and texture of its surfaces, the fragrance of its unique aroma.

A flower is a miracle that now belongs to you and you can revitalize the spaces of your home, whether single or blended again into groups. You can become an ARTIST-GARDENER, temporarily planting your blossoms in pots, vases, or other containers, on tables, desks, window ledges, in whatever rooms you wish.  They may prominently adorn your most treasured piece of furniture or rest in a cozy corner known mainly by you.

Joan Hart, Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively

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Theo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) was active in avant garde art circles in both his native Belgium as well as France during the late nineteenth century.  He was influenced by what was then considered the radical expressions of artists such as Van Gogh, Toulouse-Laturec, and particularly the Pointillist style of Georges Seurat.

However, the undated Young Girl with a Vase of Flowers above remains a mystery to art historians.  Did Van Ryseselberghe create this timeless moment of daily life, prior to his exposure to the works of his now more famous contemporaries?  Or does it matter?

 

Theo van Rysselberghe, Young Girl with a Vase of Flowers, n.d., oil on canvas, Private Collection.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

 

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