Who doesn’t love flowers? When weather allows, we fill our gardens with them. If that’s not the case, we fill vases and planters indoors. Flowers have been showing up in art since the Egyptian era, where the Lotus flower was used symbolically to represent the sun, creation and rebirth.
Because of the arid climate in Pompeii, many frescos of luscious gardens that the climate would sometimes not allow, were painted on the interior walls of people’s homes .
During the early Renaissance the Virgin Mary was often seen holding a lily as a sign of purity.
Carnations can be seen in Greek nativity scenes, representing Christ taking on human form.
Many floral variations, particularly the tulip can be seen in Dutch artwork, in various stages: as buds, in full bloom, and losing petals, all to represent different stages of life.
The Impressionists, like Monet and Renoir, used natural light and bright pastels to show the beauty and contour flowers can exhibit when painted in this style.
And of course, Georgia O’Keefe painted flowers, bold, bright and sensual, to capture our attention and express her sexuality. She, along with Matisse, Van Gogh, and Gaughin used color, creativity and imagination to see flowers from new and refreshing perspectives.
We at the SheBreathes Balance and Wellness Studio have been blessed to have the nature photography of Jayne Gulbrand hanging on our gallery wall this September. But on October first we will be taking down her lovely flowers to prepare for our next exhibit. So please come by to get one last look and possibly take one of her pictures home with you so that when your garden settles to its rest for the dormant seasons, you will not be without the beauty of flowers.