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Detail from Anthony van Dyck
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/13/2018

Mother's Day Magic in 'The Secret Language of Flowers: Notes on the Hidden Meanings of Flowers in Art'

"My first works played with anemones buried in sulfur, cut and dissected pomegranates, flower petals pinned to walls," Jean-Michel Othoniel writes in The Secret Language of Flowers: Notes on the Hidden Meanings of Flowers in Art, which he created from works at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. "I loved Federico Garca Lorca's poetry, the wind in the poplars, the oracle in their foliage; I conscientiously pinned leaves from the lamo (poplar) onto maps of Spain. I burned matchesI was intoxicated by the sulfur fumesand I plunged laurel branches into pink wax. I drew female sexual organs on dandelion heads. I harvested chestnut burrs in the park of Jouy-en-Josas." Featured image, of the rose flower as portrayed in a detail from Anthony van Dyck's "Portrait of a Woman with a Rose" (ca. 1635-39), is captioned, "The pink rose is linked to Saint Therese of Lisieux: 'I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens.'"

Jean-Michel Othoniel: The Secret Language of Flowers

Jean-Michel Othoniel: The Secret Language of Flowers

Actes Sud
Hbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 192 pgs / 120 color.

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