Arts Everyday Living: Memory of Yesteryear Paris—The Most Exquisite Bouquet

Jan Frans van Dael, A Vase of Flowers with a Bird’s Nest on a Marble Ledge, 1820, oil on canvas, Private Collection

After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.

Christian Dior*

Jan Frans van Dael (1764-1840) was a Flemish artist who made his name in Paris creating intricate and richly colored arrangements of flowers.  Christian Dior (1905-1957) revolutionized the world of French fashion, especially during the post-World War II period.

*Attributed, source unknown


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