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Flower Art refuses to wither away

Strange Flower

The Telegraph has published an interesting article explaining the, uh, perennial appeal of flower art.

As the article, written by Francine Raymond, puts it; 'It is extraordinary, in this age of photography, that botanical art continues to flourish, especially as the destruction of species and habitats adds an urgency to plant identification.'

However -- as the frequent appearances of amazing flower-related artworks on this very blog will testify -- flower art does continue to flourish (and indeed grow, bloom, and any other flower-related adjectives you can call to mind...). But why is this? What makes our relationship with depictions of petals and stamens run so deep that even now, in a post-cyberpunk age, artists find themselves called to the subject matter of flowers?

Though Raymond maintains that floral art had a 'golden period' from 1750 to 1850, but it is clear that the lineage of these masters - such as Da Vinci and Linnaeus - continues today. After all, what Raymond calls the 'ephemeral beauty of plants' hasn't changed. And nor, it seems, have our tastes -- at least not altogether.

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