The flower is recognizable everywhere and is universal. They are very mundane but they play important roles at life events including weddings, funerals and birthdays.
Many flowers have significant meanings and effects. For example in Japan
the chrysanthemum is a symbol of the emperor and the imperial family.
Netherlandish Painting interconnected with Baroque aesthetics, The Rin-School
absorbed Japanese imagery making it noble and delicate, Impressionism brought
light to Europe, Georgia O’Keeffe moved the flower towards abstraction,
Andy Warhol made flowers pop. Takashi Murakami broke through the boundaries
of traditional Japanese painting. The flower is always symbolic of something else,
often representing the fragility of life.
Throughout art history flower painting has been a very popular subject, in
contemporary art it has become less common, art schools no longer teach it as part
of the curriculum and it is often seen as a minor tradition within still life painting.
‘Flowers of Romance’ attempts to revitalise this once eminent artistic genre and place it
in a contemporary context. It deserves to be under the spotlight as this beautiful
and fascinating subject encompasses all human history and drama.