Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Mindfulness—Envisioning Flowers with Artists






For Circles of Art class that didn’t meet today.  But we’ll share the theme The Art of Contemplation next week, including several works of art by Odilon Redon.

In this blog, you can experience the mindfulness process by envisioning the miracle of a flower, a subject that few artists have been able to resist.


The earth laughs in flowers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Gustav Klimt, Flower Garden, 1905-1907, oil on canvas, Private Collection

In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.

Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea


Gustav Caillebotte, Garden Rose and Blue Forget Me Not in a Vase, 1871-1878, oil, Private Collection

Pick a flower on earth and you move the farthest star.

Paul Dirac


Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Flora: Spring in the Gardens of the Villa Borghese, 1877, watercolor, Private Collection

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.

Iris Murdoch


Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Austrain master celebrated for his iconic images such as The Kiss and priceless portraits of Viennese society.  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).  Early U.S. writer and head of the Transcendental movement which shaped American thought as well as philosophy, especially regarding the relationship of the soul and the natural world.

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894). Influential member of the French Impressionists, capturing lifestyles of his contemporaries especially in striking works such as famed Paris Street, Rainy Day now at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Kakuzo Okakura (1862-1913). Japanese scholar, best known for the Art of the Tea, who bridged the gap between Asia and the West with his writings on art.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912). Although Dutch, he spent most of his artistic career in England, esteemed for his scenes of beautiful women set in backgrounds inspired by Classical antiquity.  Paul A.M. Dirac (1902-1984).  British Nobel Prize winner in Physics in the twentieth century, recognized for his knowledge of the cosmos.

Odilon Redon (1840-1916). Considered a Symbolist artist, he often depicted dream-like visions, in a variety of media, inspired by mythology, literature, and nature in general.  Iris Murdoch (1919-1999). Irish born British novelist as well as philosopher; books include Under the Net and The Sea, The Sea.




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