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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

5.22.2013

Summer Flowers

[Rachel Ruysch, Vase of Flowers, 1700. Oil on canvas. Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image via the de Young.] 

In a month, Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis opens at the High. Along with Vermeer's masterpiece, 34 other 17th-century works will be on view including a still life from the extraordinary Rachel Ruysch, an ahead-of-her-time woman known for lush, textural botanicals, who served as court painter to Johann Wilhelm of Bavaria and enjoyed commercial success throughout her life.


Flower paintings always resonate but with the Old Masters currently having such a big impact on a new generation of floral designers and stylists,  I think Ruysch's Vase with Flowers will have added impact. Also, if the offerings in the de Young gift shop (the exhibition is in San Francisco right now) are any indication, floral- and Dutch genre-themed wares should be abundant at the High. The wrapper on the chocolate, above, highlights the work of Abraham van Beyeren.

[Image of Althea via Lee Jofa.]

Blousy sprays of flowers are appearing more often at North Carolina's Modern Fabrics, too. This Charlotte-based reclaimed fabric business sells cutting room remnants and unused bolts. While trad florals aren't their main focus, prints from Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils and Schumacher can be found.

4 comments:

Juliane at Modern Mural said...

I love the Old Masters aesthetic! What great finds. Florals are everywhere it seems. I especially love seeing the Bouquet to Art exhibition they have at the de Young every year.

Style Court said...

Juliane -- this must have been a great year for the event, too :)

penelopebianchi said...

What a brilliant idea! This couple is "on to something really important!" I plan to buy from them!

Great idea....and thank you so much for telling us!!

Penelope

tokyojinja.com said...

Catching up on blog reading - now I see why you have Bennison on the mind!