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Past/Present: Bouquets

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two prints of floral arrangements. Our older print is from Monnoyer’s gathered work “Livres de Plusieurs Vases de Fleurs,” published 1660. Second state of three, with de Poilly imprint, this rare print is dated c. 1670-80. Jean Baptiste perfected the art of painting complex floral arrangements. He decorated the principal royal homes in Paris before traveling to England where he was engaged by Queens Mary II and Anne. His designs served as models for wallpapers, toiles and chintzes into the next century. Even the great Gerard van Spaendonck followed Jean Baptiste’s lead in design. Our featured contemporary print is by Idaherma Williams. Williams is known for her watercolors, paintings on silk, and archival pigment prints. She reflects the beauty and balance of the natural world and the world of interiors through original, hand-carved wood block prints.

Image on Left: [Monnoyer Floral Arrangement in Classical Vase] by Jean Baptiste Monnoyer. Published by N. de Poilly, Paris. Etching with engraving, hand colored, c. 1670-80.

Image on Right: Winter Bouquet by Idaherma Williams. Woodblock print, 2004. Inscribed “4/30.”

 

 

 

 

 

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