Plants

Kingdom of Flora, so fascinating, inspiring artists since millennia is a welcoming theme to explore in contemporary creations even if floral motives may seem quiet old fashioned today. Not only Takashi Murakami’s psychadelic flower explosions or Don Sultan’s minimalistic compositions witness how the painters interprete their curiosity about plants.

Flowers:

Michal Korman: Les Fleurs, oil on canvas, 50x75 cm, 2012 - private collection Paris
Michal Korman: Les Fleurs, oil on canvas, 50×75 cm, 2012 – private collection Paris

If it’s by interest in flowers in bloom or in fruits, the message interpreted by floral compositions in art can be divers: a ‘memento mori’ in vanity paintings such as  marterfully composed arrangements of Dutch painters from Velvet Breughel to Van Gogh or ‘joie de vivre’ themed works of Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe. Painters all have one thing in common: curiousity about quiet life of of leaves and petals, richness of forms and colours one is ready to admire better on painting that in nature – but this is a story about human unsatisfaction with natural and fascination by artificial.

Ernestine Panckoucke - Bouquet de fleurs & Andy Warhol Kiku flowers
Ernestine Panckoucke – Bouquet de fleurs & Andy Warhol Kiku flowers
Orchids, ink on paper, 2008 Bruxelles - private collection Belgium
Michal Korman: Orchids, ink on paper, 2008 Bruxelles – private collection Belgium

Vegetal compositions in art can also be the source of narrative tendencies and may become a story teller or at least to help the artist in developping a story or to creat a mystery within his painting. You may wanter about summer vacations memories (who’s and from where?) in Peter Doig’s painting or about who put the Watering can in here in my work >>les Plantes<< and try to figure out how it is that we see all elements from above but there is no sign of observer’s (our) feet captured here:

Michal Korman: Les Plantes, oil on canvas 89x116,5 cm - Paris 2009
Michal Korman: Les Plantes, oil on canvas 89×116,5 cm – Paris 2009
Peter Doig: Flowers of Summer (Image - Michael Werner Gallery, New York)
Peter Doig: Flowers of Summer (Image – Michael Werner Gallery, New York)

Of course flowers can be only, as mainly used, a simple ornament decorating ancient egyptian tomb, pompeian villa or contemporary loft. In >Lotus Flowers< I worked on five cavases of the same size, the life of a flower from it’s bloom to past blossom just to show what different states if blooming of sacred lotus look like.

Michal Korman: Lotus flowers, oil on canvas 5 compositions 50x20 each, 2014 Paris
Michal Korman: Lotus flowers, oil and golden powder on canvas 5 compositions 50×20 each, 2014 Paris
Michal Korman: Lotus flowers, oil on canvas 5 compositions 50x20 each, 2014 Paris
Michal Korman: Lotus flowers, oil and golden powder on canvas 5 compositions 50×20 each, 2014 Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

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