Flower paintings in art history

Flower paintings in art history

When I was younger I studied art history at the University in Linköping, and even before then I appreciated a variety of classical paintings, styles and motifs from early ”middle ages” up until our time. Now it´s been a while since I visited an art museum and I feel a longing for big paintings, bright colors and beautiful motifs.

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One genre I like is flower art. And last year there was a big exhibition, held at Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, about flower paintings called ”Flowers and world views”. I was very excited to see it.

But I wasn´t that happy after the visit, simply because it didn´t meet my personal taste. I am not that much into the older symbolical and heavy oil paintings, as much as ”modern” delicate drawings and exact watercolors with a more scientific approach.

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But one part I really appreciated was the big collection of gouache paintings by Hans Simon Holtzbecker, called the ”Gottorfer Codex”, from 1649-59. He worked in the break between the more symbolical and the more realistic flower art.

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Only a couple of images where still symbolical in the Gottorfer Codex, see below.

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All these paintings had been carefully restored by conservators for four years and it felt special to be able to see them publicly for the first time.

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For more info (and much better photo quality) see Statens Museum for Kunst.

At the same time there where another flower exhibition that I totally loved, I will wright about that later…

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