Flowers Inspired by Gauguin

Image above: Nature morte à l’estampe japonaise by Paul Gauguin

There is so much that can inspire floral design besides flowers — a drawing, a sculpture, weavings and textiles, architecture, the colors of a city, the movement of a field being blown by the breeze and even an album cover! We love looking to the works of past painting masters for inspiration on color, composition and feeling. Today, we’re focusing on Paul Gauguin, who famously introduced the use of pure, bold color to the post-Impressionist world. Looking at his work, we mimicked this vibrancy and tropical sensibility with burning bright fuchsia hyacinth, big leafy tropical greens, lotus-like safari sunset foliage, a single dusty poppy and winding fritillaria. Inspiration can be found everywhere, but there’s a reason this French painter was recognized as one of the greats! — The Ladies of Forêt

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Image above: Tropical Vegetation by Paul Gauguin

Image above: Self-Portrait with Émile Bernard portrait in the background, for Vincent by Paul Gauguin

  1. Jennifer says:

    Gorgeous! A wonderful idea to inspire new compositions and combinations of flowers.

  2. Simply gorgeous! This floral arrangement is so striking. The dark, waxy greens paired with vibrant fuschias and creamy pastels — one of my favorite color combinations, and for good reason!

  3. Beautiful post, lots of inspiration to start my day. Thanks

  4. Melissa says:

    Absolutely LOVE this post…great eye candy in both art and floral form! :) Thanks!

  5. janika R says:

    Great Post…Lovely Art..

  6. I like the interesting visual forms that you’ve achieved with the arrangement. Tres Gauguin!

  7. Very beautiful, One of my favorite artists and favorite subjects together! You have achieved your goal!

  8. Jennifer S says:

    Nice post! The Minneapolis Institute of Art does an event every year called Art in Bloom where local florists and floral artists (many trained in ikebana) interpret a piece of art in flowers. It is always incredible and so imaginative. There are so many, it is hard to see them all in one day! Here’s a link for this year’s event.


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