From you have I been absent in the spring, When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim, Hath put a spirit of youth in everything, That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him, Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell Of different flowers in odor and in hue, Could make me any summer’s story tell, Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew. Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white, Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose; They were but sweet, but figures of delight, Drawn after you, you pattern of all those. Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away, As with your shadow I with these did play.
—William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564
Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum
From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.

—William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564

Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum


Portrait of a lady with roses in her hair, Detail. (1854) by Joseph Weidner


Roses and myrtle, both symbols of Venus, the goddess of love.
Portrait of Madame Joubert, 1787, Francois-Xavier Fabre. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Portrait of a lady with roses in her hair, Detail. (1854) by Joseph Weidner

Roses and myrtle, both symbols of Venus, the goddess of love.

Portrait of Madame Joubert, 1787, Francois-Xavier Fabre. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Broad and flat brushstrokes for the tablecloth; quick and curly gestures for the flower. 

Monet was interested in practicing different painting techniques that would animate the surfaces of flowers, fruit and surfaces through implied use of light.

(Sound familiar? These innovations became the foundation for the development of Impressionist technique!)

Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1869, Claude Monet. Oil on canvas. J. Paul Getty Museum.

If you notice a few more ladybugs in the Getty gardens than usual, it’s because today our awesome garden supervisor, Michael DeHart, released a few hundred spotted friends to munch on pesky aphids.

Happy National Public Gardens Day! A female carpenter bee visiting the pea vines yesterday. She’s California’s largest bee.

Happy National Public Gardens Day! A female carpenter bee visiting the pea vines yesterday. She’s California’s largest bee.

He’s best known for his chalk paintings, but in his later work Cy Twombly created intimate, saturated, blurred views of flowers and everyday objects. Tulips were his favorites.
He died in 2011 and would have been 85 today, April 25.
Tulips III no. 2, negative 1985; print 1993, Cy Twombly. Carbon print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © Nicola Del Roscio Foundation

He’s best known for his chalk paintings, but in his later work Cy Twombly created intimate, saturated, blurred views of flowers and everyday objects. Tulips were his favorites.

He died in 2011 and would have been 85 today, April 25.

Tulips III no. 2, negative 1985; print 1993, Cy Twombly. Carbon print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © Nicola Del Roscio Foundation

huntingtonlibrary:

From wildflower lectures to bonsai shows, we’re swimming in plant matter This Week at The H.
image caption: Stella Sherwood Vosburg, (1869–1943) Phacelia campanularia ssp.vasiformis, Desert Bells, Mojave Desert. 1929. Watercolor on paper. Private collection.

Yay, the Huntington, you’re on Tumblr! This desert bluebell is for you.

huntingtonlibrary:

From wildflower lectures to bonsai shows, we’re swimming in plant matter This Week at The H.

image caption: Stella Sherwood Vosburg, (1869–1943) Phacelia campanularia ssp.vasiformis, Desert Bells, Mojave Desert. 1929. Watercolor on paper. Private collection.

Yay, the Huntington, you’re on Tumblr! This desert bluebell is for you.

Phacelia campanularia in the Getty Center garden

Advent Calendr | December 11Vase of Flowers, 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum
TODAY’S CANDY: A butterfly camouflaged within the bouquet.
SECOND HELPING: A bird’s nest.

Advent Calendr | December 11
Vase of Flowers, 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum

TODAY’S CANDY: A butterfly camouflaged within the bouquet.

SECOND HELPING: bird’s nest.

Vase of Flowers (with detail of glass vase and artist’s signature), about 1660, Jan Davidsz de Heem. The National Gallery of Art, Andrew W. Mellon Fund. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

From the artistic bounty of NGA Images.

In Robert Irwin’s Central Garden.

In Robert Irwin’s Central Garden.

Flowers for you.
Studies of Peonies, Martin Schongauer, about 1472-73. Blooming in Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470–1600.

Flowers for you.

Studies of Peonies, Martin Schongauer, about 1472-73. Blooming in Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470–1600.

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