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Actes Sud

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Hardcover, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 192 pgs / 162 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 61   

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ISBN 9782330120160 TRADE
List Price: $35.00 CDN $39.95 GBP £30.00

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Jean-Michel Othoniel: The Secret Language of Flowers

Notes on the Hidden Meanings of the Louvre’s Flowers

Text by Jean-Michel Othoniel.

Jean-Michel Othoniel: The Secret Language of Flowers

An intimate herbarium of flowers in the collection of the Louvre

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre pyramid, French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel was invited to create a work about the presence of flowers in the museum's eight art departments. Visiting the Louvre’s collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, embroidery and enamel, the artist photographed the flowers that appeared there. Using these images, Othoniel composed his own original herbarium, accompanied with notes on the secret language of flowers and their symbolism in the history of art.

Among the 70 flowers Othoniel compiled in this volume, you will find the thistle in Dürer's self-portrait, the poppy in the Paros funerary stele, the apple sitting on a stool in The Lock by Fragonard and the peony attached to the unfastened blouse of the young woman in Greuze's Broken Pitcher. Also included are lesser-known details in lesser-known works—concealed treasures, hiding in plain sight at the museum.

Following a similar format to Othoniel’s previous book about flowers, this volume intersperses photographs and drawings with short texts in a luxurious, eminently giftable book.

Once an attendant at the Louvre while studying at the École des Beaux-Arts, Othoniel returns to his artistic roots in this volume to offer a personal, poetic look at the artistic wonders of the greatest museum in the world.

From drawing to sculpture, installation to photography, writing to performance, for more than 25 years, French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel (born 1964) has made poetic works in a range of materials such as sulfur, wax and glass.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Jean-Michel Othoniel: The Secret Language of Flowers.'

Jean-Michel Othoniel: The Secret Language of Flowers

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/8/2023

Museum Store of the Month: Gift at the Gardner

Museum Store of the Month: Gift at the Gardner

At last, at last, Nasturtium season has arrived at Boston's renowned Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!! What better time to honor Gift at the Gardner as our Museum Store of the Month?⁠
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/8/2023

Museum Store of the Month: Gift at the Gardner

Museum Store of the Month: Gift at the Gardner

At last, at last, Nasturtium season has arrived at Boston's renowned Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!! What better time to honor Gift at the Gardner as our Museum Store of the Month?⁠
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/17/2020

BACK IN STOCK! Jean-Michel Othoniel's 'Secret Language of Flowers' in the Louvre

BACK IN STOCK! Jean-Michel Othoniel's 'Secret Language of Flowers' in the Louvre

This detail of “The Entombment of Atala” (1808) by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson—with its tree-carved inscription translating roughly, "I passed like the flower... I dried like the grass of the field"—is reproduced from The Secret Language of Flowers: Notes on the Hidden Meanings of the Louvre’s Flowers, the petite, clothbound follow-up to Jean-Michel Othoniel’s beloved and beautifully produced collection of flower-related imagery in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. “Trumpet vine, once called Indian Jasmine, was introduced to Europe in the seventeenth century,” Othoniel writes. “It originated in tropical regions. There, its red trumpets offer their sweet nectar to hummingbirds. In France, these flowers are the glory of Provençal gardens. In painting, they symbolize the exotic and the passionate; the sensual shape of their flowers evokes male erotic tension. Their winding creepers represent attachment to an infinite love, stronger than death.” continue to blog


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