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Three Most Captivating Flower Art Paintings

Flower art paintings are one of the most enchanting ways to pay tribute to the craft of nature. Flowers have been depicted in art for their herbal properties, beauty, fragrance, and the cultural significance that they hold in different parts of the world. If you think that the only way to create these artworks is by either painting a single flower or a bouquet of them, then you may want to think again. 

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3 Flower Art Paintings to Intrigue You

Here are some of the most intriguing flower artworks that have been created throughout the history of art to change your perception of flower artists. They are not just paintings, but a canvas of stories that have been narrated through these botanical beauties. Let’s take a look at some of TERAVARNA’s favorites. 

1. Spring - Arcimboldo Giuseppe

flower art painting by Arcimboldo Giuseppe

When researching his work, many historians wondered if Giuseppe had gone mad to create such works. However, if you ask us, we say he was an absolute genius. At first glance, it would look like a portrait, but it is actually a perfect combination of portrait and flower art painting. Spring is one of his most popular works from the “Four Season Collection” where every painting represents a season. 

Giuseppe used various flowers, branches, and leaves in this painting for the face. He then surrounded it with budding flowers in bright colors to represent the arrival of spring and the renewal of new life after the long and cold winters.  The painting is also a representation of the prosperity under Emperor Maximilian II’s reign. The emperor especially loved Spring so much that he asked the artist to recreate the work multiple times. 

2. The Garden in the Rue Cortot, Montmarte - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

a flower painting by Renoir

During the 1860s and 70s, the French impressionists always aimed to create realistic images of their subjects. Thus when it came to landscapes, they preferred to be in the location to capture the truest essence of their subject. Artist Pierre Renoir rediscovered the neglected gardens in the Rue Cortot while he was living in a rented cottage to create Bal du moulin de la Galette. 

The neglected and carefree growth of the gardens turned out to be his artistic impression for this painting and his outdoor studio for the next. It is a pioneer artwork for impressionism with a perfect play of light, shadows, and colors.

3. Les Fleurs de L'abîme - René Magritte

enigmatic flower art painting

Also known as the Flower of Abyss, this flower art painting is capable enough to evoke a sense of disquiet in the viewers. The artist created this piece within a year after he moved from Brussels to Paris, feeling drawn to the surrealist activities in the city. This work has been created using the signature style of the artist where he plays with the differences between the actual use or meaning of the object and its representation. In his pursuit to create pieces with disturbing and poetic effects, he would borrow objects from reality and give them an entirely different identity in his works. 

This painting here might look like a flower at first glance. However, if you take a closer look, you will realize that they are actually iron sleigh-balls that have been clustered together to look like blooming flower buds. The work as a whole creates a feeling of enigma and draws viewers to the flowers at the edge of a cliff, that they can just admire from afar and never get a hold of.

The Diverse World of Flower Art Paintings

For the longest while, flower paintings have been associated with still-life artworks, thus taking away their sense of individuality. Over time, different artists have played with their creativity and interpretations of flowers, thus contributing to a dynamic world of flower artworks. 

While the artworks mentioned in this blog carried stories behind their canvas, they are not an exhaustive list. Various other works such as Chestnut Blossom by Van Gogh, Still Life with Flowers by Paul Gauguin, and Water Lilies by Monet, etc. are a representation of the lives, thought processes, opinions, passion, and beliefs of the respective artists. Nonetheless, these artists and their flower art paintings have always enchanted us and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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