Over the last year, and the journey of all things Flora Forager, one of my favorite things has been my recreations of masterpieces I love. I hope to do many more! I thought I’d give a little explanation and side by side comparison. Something I can’t do on Insta!
Beau and I saw Boticelli’s Birth of Venus in Florence. I gasped. I had no idea how big it would be! It, along with Primavera, have been a couple of my favorites since art history in high school. I feel a little like how the greats from the old ages must have felt trying to discover new pigments and styles. “painting” with flowers is a whole new medium and gives lots of Eureka type discoveries, wilting challenges (pun intended), and a vast world of discovery. I am in the age of exploration in the garden, ready to usher in a new age of art! (or at least..a new instagram sensation). I wish there were aqua flowers!
I made my Pietà on Good Friday. I have yet to travel to the Vatican city and see Michelangelo’s Pietà, but I remember seeing it in my textbook in a religious art class in College and crying. I read about how Chagall would paint the crucifix because he felt there was no other symbol of sorrow that could convey the suffering of the Jewish people in his work. I’ve come to agree with him. Not only do I love how Christ is the final passover, the first born son and sacrifice that began with the Pharoah and ended with God letting his people go, which is mood as F, but I also just adore Mary. I wanted to create a floral icon reminiscent of Greek icons. I have one of her and baby Jesus with gold halos similar to this that I picked out on Santorini, Greece.
I didn’t know when I first saw The Pietà that I would have three sons myself, and it means even more to me now.
Klimpt’s Mother and Child. I’ve gone into detail before about this piece on the blog, specifically about the whole piece, The Three Stages of Woman. When we saw Klimpt’s works in Vienna I was struck by how similar the gold flowers littered on the palace lawn looked like his paintings. I wanted to try to recreate it. I love this piece mostly because it’s me right now. I’m beginning to transition out of this stage and it’s a little heartbreaking. I have a large canvas of my floral version on our wall.
The Great Wave! In college I wrote a 15 page paper of the Floating World of Ukiyo-e. I was obsessed with Hokusai and Japanese prints, and still have a softness for them. We’re finally going to Japan next month! I can’t wait to soak in the culture, beauty and art of the country that’s given us anime, sushi, geishas, samurai, miyazaki, nintendo, miatas, and I could keep going and going but you get the idea!