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When Flowers Return

by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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When Flowers Return - Description

When Flowers Return is an oil painting on wood. It was completed in the year 1911, one year before the artist’s demise. Its subject involves three women and their adoration of flowers. The flowers, draped about their heads and bodies, flow languidly with their fluid motion and create a strong sense of movement in the close up shot set in front of a rolling green field and a blue sky above the horizon. This piece is governed by the use of broad lines, most noticeably stretching along the shoulder and neck of the middle woman. Her arm swoops up to divide her from the third woman to the right of the canvas, balancing the composition by creating a green middle ground governed by open space. This is a jovial piece, rejecting the notion that all of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s subjects are adorned in gaudiness and jewels. These women, apart from the marble landscapes that dominate most of his work, thrive in the freedom of nature. There is no evidence of anything beyond a natural display and affection for flowers. Alma-Tadema’s title, When Flowers Return, acts as a hint to the returning to a state where humans see the value in flowers over jewels and likewise fertile earth over concrete structures. This is a liberating piece meant to bring natural inspiration into whatever room it should hang in.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: When Flowers Return

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Subject: Portraits
Style: Classicism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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