My Daily Art
The Dutch artist, Simon Pietersz Verelst (1644-1721), was a highly successful painter of flora and fauna at a time when imported exotic flowers and bulbs were a highly valued commodity throughout Europe. This meticulously detailed still life painting (c. 1705) in the WAG collection, features an array of ornamental petals and foliage, revealing the painter as master of both botanical art and trompe l’oeil. Part reality and part theatre – the composition delights, soothes, and invites us to go deeper into the maze of colours, textures, and fragrances. And right now, it feels good to look at a bunch of flowers.
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