Working Among Flowers: Floral Still-Life Painting In Nineteenth-Century France

Working Among Flowers: Floral Still-Life Painting In Nineteenth-Century France

Working Among Flowers: Floral Still-Life Painting in Nineteenth-Century France

A superb exploration of the radical re-invention of the floral still life by 19th-century French painters

Working Among Flowers explores the infusion of new spirit and meaning into the traditional genre of floral still-life painting in 19th-century France, even as the advent of modernism was radically transforming the art world. This beautiful book features works by more than 30 artists, including well-known painters such as Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, and Paul Cézanne as well as less familiar figures such as Antoine Berjon and Simon Saint-Jean. Insightful essays reveal the emerging dialogue between the floral still life, botanical illustration, and models of science; the critical context for instruction in and reception of flower painting; the misunderstood relationship between avant-garde flower painting and the market; the cultural meanings of the vases and ceramic vessels depicted by painters; and the literary context for flower painting.  

About the Author

Heather MacDonald is the Lillian and James H. Clark Associate Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Mitchell Merling is the Paul Mellon Curator and head of the Department of European Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine...

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