In Holland you are never far from a bunch of flowers! They come in many forms and many media and spread happiness and good cheer. Twenty-four tiles make up this handsome bouquet in a equally striking urn.
Flowers were everywhere at Restaurant ML, a Michelin one-star restaurant in Haarlem where we had a superb lunch, served in an array of wonderful handmade plates and bowls. Not overly studied or arranged, these combinations of the same flowers change with the changing shapes of the blown glass vases.
A “Tulip Book” of paintings on vellum produced between 1640 and 1700.
The Rijks Museum center information circle, much like the one at the Met in NYC, and surmounted by a huge bronze ceramic container full of strange bed-fellows – three colors of anthurium (ruby, bright red and jpale pink), white and pink dogwood, red ginger, allium, light and dark pink snapdragons, thistles, monkshood and monkey paws.
Anyone who has ever had to design a Dutch style flower arrangement knows the oddities they will encounter – biggest most important blossoms at the top, all arranged with flowers out-of-season. The poor dead frog reminds us that the flowers and we won’t last.
Out of season flowers are not unusual in this global market but in the 17C, painter would paint the flowers into their compositions as they came into season, or have a sketch book full of flower studies to choose from.
Two hundred years later, painters were still composing beautiful flower portraits. This magnificent composition highlights mountain laurel, peonies, phlox, roses, stephanotis, delphinium and a magnificent blue-violet iris.