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Different Floral Painting Styles

People say art is an imitation of life. Aside from an avenue of expression for the artists, it preserves time’s irreplaceable moments, some of which live centuries longer than their creators. One of the most favored forms of art is painting.

Over the years, painters have preferred flowers as their subject. The vibrancy of their colors and their short life captured in their paintings for a long time. To this day, floral paintings are still a well-loved art form. Unknown to others, there are a lot of various styles to it, including the following:

Katrina Bern floral painting
Katrina Berg floral painting

American Flower Painting

The forerunner of floral painters is Georgia O’ Keeffe, who left about 900 paintings when she passed on. Unlike people who chose to invest their time and talents in flowers that are in full bloom, she captured the ones that are about to blossom. And one of her most favorite subjects is poppies.

Keeffe also has an unusual way to immortalize these flowers onto her painting. She fills a whole canvass with a single floret. Usually, it appears like it is about to open, which reveals a dark, inner, yet velvety core. It is a treat to look at against the light background it is set on.

Chinese Flower Painting

When thinking of a flower popular in China, one of the first ones to come to mind are lotus flowers. It represents a gentle persona, one who keeps themselves clean and healthy despite leaving in a chaotic environment. It also signifies power, purity, and creativity.

In Chinese painting, it reminds people of beauty and light. For the Chinese, it communicates and aids in spiritual and practical understanding of Tao, a philosophy and religion. Usually, lotus flower paintings are made with watercolors.

Norwegian Flower Painting

In Norway, floral paintings have become a way of life for some. They even have guilds to train newbie painters in hopes of letting them travel across borders and earning money from their paintings. One of the most popular techniques is called “rosemaling,” which can mean either a “rose” or “flower” painting.

Rosemaling wonders that it is a mixture of various other techniques, including abstract. The result is beautifully constructed art pieces that remove the focus on the flowers itself. Nevertheless, the swirls of design make it a beautiful art piece.

When the technique phased out in the 1860s to 70s, the Americans revived it with a Norwegian-American style. Instead of focusing on the bouquet itself, it paid attention to trunks and other parts of the flower.

In the early 20th century, a wagon painter named Per Lysne revived the lost art of Norwegian Rosemaling in America. Since then, more and more people wanted to learn the original techniques.

Floral Painting on Porcelain

It is safe to say that the development of floral decoration on porcelain is still in practice, even today. You can also see it on flower vases, dinner sets, and some textile products.

Nevertheless, floral paintings are limitless. It can be painted as one, or as a bouquet on canvass, or glass. The practice is, and would always be beautiful as it captured vibrant colors of flowers that once lived.


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