Author(s): Celia Fisher
This is a book about flowers and about painters. The author has chosen forty of her favourite flower paintings and as she is both expert gardener and art historian, she has all manner of fascinating things to say about the flowers, the artists and the contexts of the paintings. Manet's mysterious Still Life with Rose and Brioche records the arrival of the new hybrid tea rose in all its perfection. Vanessa Bell's Red Hot Pokers and Artichoke came in the wake of Roger Fry's Post-Impressionist exhibitions in London and at a time when Bell had found refuge and creative energy with Duncan Grant at Charleston. The paintings are not always the most obvious - Van Gogh is here represented by a ravishing branch of almond blossom. But Monet has his waterlilies and Rennie Mackintosh his delicate fritillaries and there is a feast of glorious Dutch bouquets. There is old and new, known and unknown in this wonderful collection. Each painting has been chosen both to delight the eye and to offer a source of lively stories and intriguing facts.
2012. First edition, first printing. A very good copy.
CELIA FISHER is both an art historian and a plantswoman. At the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she researched the uses of plants worldwide before going on to study at the Courtauld Institute. There she specialised in the history of plants in art. She now lives in Kew, lectures and identifies flowers in artworks for galleries and art historians. Her articles have appeared in art and gardening journals, including Apollo, Country Life and Hortus and she has written Flowers in the National Gallery for London's National Gallery and Medieval Flowers for the British Library. Her main relaxation is gardening and her town garden has been open under the National Gardens Scheme. Her other title for Frances Lincoln is Flowers of the Renaissance (9780711230682).
6 Introduction 14 Albrecht Durer 16 Ambrosius Bosschaert 18 Jan Brueghel 20 Juan de Arellano 22 Jan Davidz. De Heem 24 Abraham Mignon 26 Rachel Ruysch 28 Jan van Huysum 30 Jiang Yu 32 Katsushika Hokusai 34 Utagawa Hiroshige 36 Martin Johnson Heade 38 Pierre-Auguste Renoir 40 Edouard Manet 42 Marianne North 44 William Morris 46 Vincent Van Gogh 48 Paul Gauguin 50 Gustave Caillebotte 52 Henri Fantin-Latour 54 Paul Cezanne 56 Pablo Picasso 58 Claude Monet 60 Odilon Redon 62 Charles Rennie Mackintosh 64 Henri Rousseau 66 Duncan Grant 68 Matthew Smith 70 Paul Klee 72 Emile Nolde 74 Samuel John Peploe 76 Henri Matisse 78 Christopher Wood 80 Vanessa Bell 82 Georgia O'Keefe 84 Cedric Morris 86 Dorothea Tanning 88 Salvador Dali 90 Gary Hume 92 Elizabeth Blackadder 94 Index 95 Acknowledgements