bosschaert Ambrosius Bosschaert: Flowers on a Ledge c.1620

‘Flower Power’ – A History of Plants in Art (Talk)

Plants have a particular place in art but are often overlooked. Beginning with their symbolic religious function in the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, we chart our way through to the Golden Age of flower painting (the Baroque period in the Netherlands) and find our way to early Modernism (the amazing irises and sunflowers of Van Gogh) to the bold fully ‘Modern’ work of Georgia O’Keeffe and Diego Riviera. Later on in the thirties, in the Surrealist movement, plants and flowers had an important place too. In the works of Dorothea Tanning and Paul Nash the sunflower re-emerges as an important symbolic element. As a student of Plant Medicine, I have a particular interest in this theme – it beautifully combines two subjects which are full of mystery and potential for exploration.

One hour talk with following questions. Cost: £70 + travel expenses.