Paintings of Flowers: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May
It begins in childhood when toddlers – moving closer to the ground than the rest of us – pick flowers in a garden or park.
Perhaps it’s their pleasing colors, or the fragrant scents, or the likelihood that Mom will be pleased with the resulting bouquet.
Whatever the reason, humans seem to be hardwired to enjoy – even cherish – flowers, so it’s no surprise that visual artists have for centuries expressed their own admiration in diverse ways.
On offer here is a profusion of blooms created in different media, sometimes seen on their own, other times set into architectural or environmental contexts.
Most of these images exult in nature’s beauty, while others are rather symbolist in their layered meanings; there are even a few reminding us that flowers’ beauty, like life itself, does not endure forever.
Enjoy this bouquet, and be sure to appreciate the “real” flowers in our nearest garden or park, too.