What a beautiful painting, The Gardener by Simon Saint Jean - 1837. This painting takes on a new life in how the artist portrays the arrangements. Saint Jean was a designer of floral fabrics and had many patrons in Paris and in England and Russia.
I particularly like the wreath of flowers against the intricate wood paneling. Concordia by Pierre-Adrien Chabal-Dussurgery - 1878.
An interesting balance to African Woman with Peonies, with the vase set off center. Frederic Bazille painted this at the age of 29, right before he died during the Franco-Prussian War.
Fruits and Flowers in a Wicker Basket by Antoine Berjon - 1810. I like the fine detail of the basketry and its reflection on the marble table top.
Still Life of Wildflowers (1875) by Alfred Sisley is the only known still life painting by the artist. He mainly focused on landscapes. A very loose arrangement set against a landscape in the back.
Roses and Peonies in a Vase (1876) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is so inviting with its loose brushstrokes and bright colors. Interesting that early in his career, Renoir was a porcelain decorator.
A little glimpse into the personal world of Paul Gauguin in this painting, Still Life with Peonies - 1884. The loosely arranged peonies sets on a clothed table with two pieces of art in the background. One is a pastel of a ballerina by Degas which was a gift in exchange for one of Gauguin's still lifes and an unidentified Impressionist landscape. In the upper left had corner is an inscription by Gauguin dedicating this painting to his brother-in-law, Theodore Gad. Often still lives served the same purpose as a bouquet of flowers.
Vase with Cornflowers and Poppies (1887) by Vincent Van Gogh is in complete contrast of his subdued palette when he painted in Holland. Upon moving to Paris in 1885, it was his introduction to Impressionism that tremendously influenced his style in using bold and vibrant colors. Flowers became an inexpensive subject but also the perfect tool to his study of color theory.
Vase with Carnations by Vincent van Gogh - summer of 1886. Great bold brush strokes with a refined palette of closely related colors.
I am very intrigued by Vase of Flowers by Vincent van Gogh (summer of 1890). I like how he defined some of the flowers and the vase by outlining them in black. During the final months of his life, he painted this still life while under the care of Dr. paul-Ferdinand Gachet. It is believed that he had inspiration from one of the doctor's paintings, Cezanne's Small Delft Vase with Flowers.
Still Life:Bouquet and Compotier by Henri Matisse (1924). A fairly large still life, 29" x 36", one can see influences of Cezanne's works in his shapes and his use of space. A big fan of Matisse, I would have liked to included more of his works in this post, but most of his paintings that are in this exhibition could not be photographed.
It is a very interesting show and the satellite gift shop is not to be missed either.
Denver Art Museum
In Bloom runs through October 11. 2015.