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Updated on March 3, 2013

A Museum of Floral Art

Spring is about a month away and it's time to think about those beautiful spring flowers that will be starting to appear. My wife and I have always appreciated flowers of all kinds, especially when making a road trip or just traveling anywhere. If we can't recognize a species then we call it "pwitty". As an artist I have occasionally painted a few floral pictures and I really appreciate good floral art. So I decided to create this Squidoo lens called MOFA - Museum of Floral Art, with the best art of this type that I could find, with links back to the original artist's website. I sincerely hope that you enjoy looking through it.

A Short History of Floral Art

Flowers have been important to people throughout history. We can see proof of this in objects 'd art done in jewelry, paintings, illustrations, illuminations, and even writings. They seem to represent love, desire, incredible beauty, and are important parts of ceremonial activities, all kinds of events, feasting days, and countless other happenings.

In addition to their visual attributes and their incredible scents they have an amazing variety of appearances (scientists estimate that there are 270,000 different species in existance) and splendid colors that have got to appeal to artists and artisans of all types. Flowers in art probably began in Egypt, as can be seen in relief sculptures and in some wall decorations. This is also found in Greek/Roman art. The Dutch are especially known for their still life paintings of flowers and some of their paintings have detail that boggles the mind. The period between 1568 and 1700 is known as the Dutch Golden Age. Prior to 1700, still lives mainly contained religious symbolism somehow related to the objects being painted.

In the early 1700's a Spanish painter by the name of Juan van der Hamen became known for his still life and floral paintings. His "Offering to Flora" is a great example of his work as a flower painter. Japan is noted for The Rinpa school (1688-1704), revived by Ogata Korin. His painting titled "Red and White Plum Trees" c. 1714/5 is considered to be his masterpiece. China had it's Emperor Huizong, (12th century) who was a master painter, poet, musician and calligrapher. His favorite subjects seemed to be birds and flowers. "Golden Pheasant and Cotton Rose Flowers" is one of his most popular paintings.

In the early 1900's, in America, Georgia O'Keefe came on the scene and probably redefined our perception of flowers depicted in paint. She was actually born in 1887 and lived to be 99 years old. Her large canvases, some of which bordered on abstraction, simply and directly confronted and impacted the viewer. Her "Cala Lily" paintings done in 1928 created quite a stir in New York City. It was heavily promoted by Alfred Stieglitz (the photographer). In 1939 Georgia sailed to Hawaii and spent nine weeks there on various islands, painting flowers, landscapes and other local subjects. She returned to New York and did a series of 20 of her best paintings. I was fortunate to attend a very comprehensive showing of her work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, some 30 years ago.

Johann Baptist Drechsler

Johann Baptist Drechsler, a painter of elegant flowers. He was born in Vienna in 1766, became a professor at the Academy of that city. He died at Vienna in 1811. He painted fruit and flower pieces in imitation of Van Huysum. Wikipedia

Born: 1766

Died: 1811

The Song Dynasty

The Song dynasty spanned from 960 to 1279. It was divided into the Northern and the Southern Song. This is a typical floral painting from this dynasty.

Georgia, Georgia

We have to include Georgia O'Keefe in this collection of floral art. In fact it's hard to think of a painting of a flower without thinking of her. So here is an assortment of her works (in the image above). I was fortunate to be able to see an extensive showing of her work in Los Angeles.

She started in New York and ended up in New Mexico. When she lost her sight she kept on going by doing clay objects which she could visualize through her sense of touch.

Floral Art Poll

From what nationality does your favorite floral art originate?

From what nationality does your favorite floral art originate?

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Vincent's Flowers

A Giant Flower Sculpture

This giant flower sculpture in Buenos Aires is called Floralis Generica and was created by the Argentinian architect Eduardo Catalano who donated it to the city of BsAs. It is made of aluminum and steel and actually opens and closes and sways several times a day. It is 20 meters in height and weighs 18 tons.

(information provided by an online friend named Francisco, who visited the spot a few years back.)

Flower Like Abstract - by John Norman Stewart

This is one of my recent abstracts done in acrylic on canvas. It measures about 24 by 36 inches and since it made me think of a flower, I named it "Flower Like".

Flowers in Illuminated Manuscripts

In the Middle Ages we see a lot of hand painted ornament and flowers in various Illuminated manuscripts. Some of these are amazingly intricate with subtle colorations.

A 1789 French Carved Panel

An original wooden relief carving, dated 1789. The material is lime wood and it measures 27 3/8 inches by 18 7/8 inches by 2 3/8 inches thick. Aubert Parent. Paris, France.

An 18th Century Magic Carpet

This is a Persian carpet by Isfahan using the Safavids' design of the world.

A Broach by Winifred Green

This is a gorgeous Art Nouveau broach by jewelry designer Winifred Green. I found it on a website that has a lot of information about the art of engraving metal. If you click on the image, it will take you there.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @opatoday: Glad you liked it. Thanks for checking out the lens. :)

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      opatoday 5 years ago

      This is just Amazing Thank You

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @ridgewood1: Hi 204r: Thanks for liking and commenting on the lens. It is called "Irises". I had to paint a copy of that one for a Disney movie years ago, along with 4 other Van Gogh's. Fun project. :)

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @jdehaan001 lm: Hello there: I think that men can enjoy beauty in all things. Thanks. :)

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @Scraps2treasures: Hi there: I like that piece too. Appreciate your dropping by and commenting. :)

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      ridgewood1 5 years ago

      Love the piece above your poll. I think it's irises?

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      jdehaan001 lm 5 years ago

      Now who says that men cannot enjoy the beauty of flowers?! Very nice Jonart.

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      jdehaan001 lm 5 years ago

      Now who that men cannot enjoy the beauty of flowers?! Very nice Jonart.

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      Beautiful artwork! I love that Song Dynasty piece.