Oil Paintings of Flowers can be seen as an attempt to capture the beauty of flowers in a visual poetry. Flowers, as poets have long written, are very much like us...or we like them. All living things have a time of bloom and fresh beauty, a fulfillment.
Painters like Monet (water-lilies) and Van Gogh (sunflowers), have successfully managed to express emotions through their Oil Paintings of flowers. Many other painters have attempted to do so with varying degrees of success.
Van Gogh’s Sunflowers
“Sunflowers” is a series of oil paintings that Van Gogh painted between 1888-1889. These paintings were Still Life ones. These paintings show sunflowers in all stages of life, from fully in bloom to withering. The paintings were innovative for their use of the yellow spectrum. This series was particularly close to Van Gogh's heart. To his dear brother Theo he wrote-“ the sunflower is mine in a way”
Monet’s Water lilies
Monet’s ten Oil Paintings on water lilies are considered to be his masterpieces. This single subject was shown in different light conditions. The simple design of this painting with the close-up view of the bridge was repeated in several other canvases. The fresh greens of the foliage evoke an early summer's day. In the Water lilies Monet had achieved a completely new, fluid and almost audacious style of painting in which the water lily pond became the point of departure for an almost abstract art.
The ephemeral beauty of Flowers captures the imagination of most artists. Nothing is more satisfying for a painter than depicting beauty in all its purity. Oil Paintings of Flowers give them that very opportunity.