Artists have long taken flowers as their muse: Piet Mondrian’s primary-hued Amaryllis; Kehinde Wiley’s weighted backdrops; Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers, irises, and poppies; a hundred Dutch still lifes. Now floral designer Lindsey Taylor translates some of the world’s most notable pieces of art into stunning bouquets. Sprouting from the long-running Wall Street Journal column Flower School, Art in Flower: Finding Inspiration in Art and Nature (Monacelli) renders the moods and colors of Impressionist masterpieces, contemporary works, abstracts, and realist landscapes into lush arrangements that bring about new possibilities for engaging with familiar compositions. Whether it’s an ode to Willem de Kooning’s 1972 La Guardia in a Paper Hat or Van Gogh’s generous use of impasto, Taylor walks readers through her principled, meditative process, which still leaves room for a sprig of spontaneity, and the invitation to spark further creativity—perhaps of the sartorial variety. A veritable garden of inspiration.
Here, floral looks that will last all season.
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