Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883), Flowers in a Crystal Vase, ca. 1882. Oil on canvas, 127⁄8 × 95⁄8 in. (32.7 × 24.5 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection,1970.17.37.
In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism
Molly Medakovich, Ph.D., Department of Learning & Engagement, Denver Art Museum
A seemingly simple and often overlooked subject in the history of art, the flower was a significant source of inspiration to French artists of the 1700s and 1800s. We'll explore the trajectory of styles and approaches to flower painting across time, from the exacting eye of artists who painted in the detailed tradition of botanical illustration, to the expressive experiments in color and paint by the Impressionists. Discover personal stories, creative experiments and interesting anecdotes of artists who embraced this sensory subject during the early modern period.
Molly Medakovich is a museum educator and art historian. She works in the Learning & Engagement Department at the Denver Art Museum, serving on exhibition teams, experimenting with programs and hands-on activities in permanent collection galleries, and training docents to create engaging experiences for the variety of visitors who walk through the museum’s doors. She has a Ph.D. in 18th- and 19th-century art history and, in addition to her work at the DAM, teaches colleges art history classes at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.