Spotlight Art – ‘A Blossom Festival in Paintings 2’ – by Howard Oakley (The Eclectic Light Company)

The Eclectic Light Company

In the first of these two articles yesterday, I looked at a selection of paintings of tree blossom spanning much of the nineteenth century. This sequel takes the account on to just before the Second World War.

ringspringkahlers Laurits Andersen Ring (1854–1933), Spring. Ebba and Sigrid Kähler (1895), oil on canvas, 189.5 x 159 cm, Den Hirschsprungske Samling, Copenhagen, Denmark. Wikimedia Commons.

Laurits Andersen Ring’s finely detailed double portrait of Spring. Ebba and Sigrid Kähler from 1895 appears to show a mother and her daughter talking in their garden, but the two are in fact sisters. At the right is Sigrid, the year before her wedding, at the left is her sister Ebba, who was fifteen at the time. Ring uses a very light touch with the blossom and spring flowers to avoid them dominating the figures. This was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris.

metcalfdogwoodblossoms Willard Metcalf (1858–1925)…

View original post 800 more words