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The Art of the Flower

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This past month, I was honored to give a talk for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – and the timing could not have been more perfect, my talk was on the subject of my new book, Garden Inspirations, and the Museum’s latest exhibition, “The Art of the Flower.” Including artists who have always inspired us: Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse, amongst others, are all part of this important exhibition.

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After returning home, I reflected on how much life imitates art and vice versa. Separated by decades, photos that I have taken of flower arrangements and paintings in the exhibition looked like cousins. Coincidence? Or just a love of beauty? It doesn’t really matter. Flowers have inspired and will always inspire us in a myriad of ways.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1876VMFA-Cezanne

Paul Cezanne, 1880

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Pierre Joseph Redouté, 1799

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Gerard van Spaendonck, 1785

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Gustave Courbet, 1863VMFA-Manet

Édouard Manet, 1882VMFA-Manet-1

Édouard Manet, 1883

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Frédéric Bazille, 1863

From March 21st – June 21st the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is holding this rare and special exhibition that you don’t want to miss.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23220