Flowers, historically, have been the perfect vessel to capture the essence of the natural world around us. For centuries, artists have been among the millions of people who feel entranced by an incredible portrayal of fauna. Here are three popular artists who dedicated their life to illustrating natural beauty through painting incredible flowers.
Georgia O’Keefe was born in 1887, and she grew up in Wisconsin. After she had received some art lessons at home, she aspired to become an artist later in life. She struggled at first, but soon captured her artistic voice and motivations to create stunning and vivid close-ups of flowers. For O’Keefe, the dramatic close-ups allowed her to capture the world as she saw it. She famously said her work had no regard for art collectors or museums.
Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh was an emotional rollercoaster, which probably helped to inform much of his artwork. He was born in Holland in 1853, and took on an abstract style. Although known best for works like his self portrait, Van Gogh also rendered landscapes full of flowers in bloom. His work highlights his own struggle with personal madness, while trying to find the inner beauty of man and nature.
Claude Monet was born in 1840, and he took on abstraction during a time when the French valued high-precision and lifelike artwork. He was most interested in capturing the subtlety of color evoked by nature’s changing seasons. He focused keenly on capturing moments, such as his famous image of water lilies resting on the surface of a pond.