Arts Everyday Living: The Art of the Amaryllis–A Floral Portrait of Grace and Brilliance

I’ll be away for a couple of weeks. I’ve been reviewing blogs posted over a period of several years. I had forgotten this visionary amaryllis by Mondrian.

 

Piet Mondrian, Amaryllis, c. 1910, watercolor over pen, Private Collection

 

 What if you slept

And what if

In your sleep

You dreamed

And what if

In your dream

You went to heaven

And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower

And what if

When you awoke

You had the flower in your hand

Ah, what then?

                                                                     Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

The incredible Amaryllis, by 20th century modern art pioneer Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), was created a decade or so before the artist began a series of geometric visions that preoccupied him for the rest of his career.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was a leading creative force in the British Romantic period, often composing  poems about dreams from the simple wording of What if you slept above to the elaborate imagery of Kubla Khan.

 

 

 

 

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