The internationally famed water lilies became the obsession of French Impressionist icon Claude Monet (18401-1926) during the last decades of his artistic career. However Monet also created several floral still lifes during the early 1880s, ranging from autumnal chrysanthemums to the glowing sunflowers of summer, a work that Van Gogh once admired.
Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers, done by Monet in 1880, also belongs to the sunflower family, sometimes growing as high as ten feet. The massive orange and yellow colored arrangement overwhelms its china vase, spreading up and around the space of the vertical canvas. Notice, too, the richly textured table mat, deep red in the center surrounded by pompon-like decorations.
Why not google more Monet bouquets:
Bouquet of Sunflowers, 1881, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Chrysanthemums, 1882, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
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