Monday, March 2, 2020

Spring



Spring is almost here, and I am feeling good enough to blog again, lol! I can't wait for the sun to come out, for the flowers to bloom, and for my winter blues to go away. Growing up, I have always loved Spring because my birthday is in March. However, in Utah, Spring is a fickle one and I always have to be patient when I am waiting for it to show up.

When I think about Spring, I think about FLOWERS. Some of my favorite floral artworks are Dutch still lifes. The Dutch would use these still lifes to bring joy and color to a room when the seasons were stealing the flowers away. Artists could preserve the color and happiness of Spring in one painting. However, they also would use these paintings to warn about vanity and the brevity of life. Either way, the images were beautiful and full of color. Here are some of my favorites:

Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers & Plums - Rachel Ruysch - 1704

A Flower Still Life - Clara Peeters around 1610
Isn't it great how the colors in this brighten up the black background? It is like Spring is bursting through Winter! I just love Dutch still life and want to add it all over my home, haha! It pairs nicely with a white wall - which I have many of, lol.

The name "Spring" did not get its name until the 16th century. For centuries, it was called Lent. This was during a time when they didn't have names for seasons. Then in the 14th century, they started calling it "springing time". It was called this because plants were "springing" from the ground. It eventually was shortened to "spring time" and around the 16th century, it was named Spring.  Isn't that neat? I love learning small things like this.

Primavera (1482) - Botticelli 
In Art, Spring is a fun subject. Often, the seasons were used as a way to help the symbolism in a narrative. For example, Adam & Eve were often depicted in Spring - the beginning of man - the beginning of the year. In Botticelli's Primavera (which means Spring), Botticelli depicts an allegory for Spring with a variety fo goddesses.

Spring (1573), Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
In a series that depicts the seasons as figures, Arcimboldo depicts the season of Spring using plants that that season grows. Arcimboldo would do this series over and over and was even commissioned by the Emperor Maxmillian II.



I had to put my photo here for a comparison of my portrait and the Arcimboldo portrait! I think both represent Spring pretty well. Do you agree? haha!

Almond Blossom (1890) - Vincent Van Gogh
This famous painting by Van Gogh is a perfect representation of Spring with its subject matter - blossoms - and with its bright colors. I love this painting and have it has a cover for my Kindle haha. Van Gogh really was a master of color.

I had so many paintings to share, but didn't have enough time or space to write about them all. I encourage you to look at some of these works if you want more enlightenment: Pieter Brueghel the Elder, and the calendar pages of Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry You can also take time to find some favorites of your own. If you do, please send them my way! I would love to see.


There is so much to look forward to with Spring, and now I really can't wait after looking through some of my favorite Spring related paintings.  What is your favorite season? I really love all of them but Winter haha! Maybe I should move to California where Winter doesn't really exist, lol.

I hope you enjoyed my post about Spring! Feel free to comment any other topic ideas that you may have!

xoxo

Caroline



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