Daisy Duo, 12x9", Oil on Linen, 2012. The artist Manet died relatively young, and his illness forced him to reduce both the scale and scope of his paintings. In the last few months of his life, Manet painted sixteen floral bouquets, most of them gifts from friends. These flower studies were quick little impressionistic gems. They were often in the same few vases and always with a confident flourish, despite his failing health and stamina. This still life, along with others, is my homage to Manet's example. On a trip to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, I had the good fortune of seeing one entitled “Pinks and Clematis in a Crystal Vase." I almost over looked it as it was much bigger than I had expected it to be at 22 x 13.75”. This is an example of why artists should not neglect visiting galleries and museums. Seeing a painting in a book is so much less informative than the real deal!
Location: Houston, Texas.Keywords: floral (24), oil paintings (207), still life (78).