Famous Male Artists Painting Flowers

January 2, 2019

Flowers have been the main source of design inspiration for centuries. Throughout history, flowering plants and scented blooms have never failed to captivate the senses of millions of people. Here are a few of the famous male artists painting flowers that we’ll be covering in this post: Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Katsushikaa Hokusai, Henri Fantin-Latour and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

In fact, some were so enchanted by the essence of flowers that they devoted a large portion of their lives to capturing their images on canvas and were diligent about their portrayals of nature’s most beautiful life forms.

On top of the artists featured here, the other artists that associate their love for horticulture include the likes of Sargent, Bannard, Klee, Kandinsky and Matisse to name a few.

Each artist had their distinctive style but brought together for their love of colour, form and nature. It is interesting to see how men translate such femininity onto their canvases.

VINCENT VAN GOGH

During the ten years that Vincent van Gogh painted, he depicted many different genres; portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Some of those still lifes were of bottles, chairs, shoes, or famously, flowers.

From Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, to his Irises, or his Roses, he brought life and emotion to his work – taking a subject matter that has been painted since the beginning of art and putting his unique perspective on it.

For an artist like van Gogh, who was struggling to sell work and earn a living, money was always an issue. Painting flowers was an inexpensive endeavor, and van Gogh wrote,

“And now for what regards what I myself have been doing, I have lacked money for paying models, else I had entirely given myself to figure painting but I have made a series of colour studies in painting simply flowers, red poppies, blue corn flowers and myosotys. White and rose roses, yellow chrysanthemums.”

Famous male artists painting flowers, impressionism, impressionist artists, flower paintings, floral art, vincent van gogh, claude monet, pierre-auguste renoir, henri fantin-latour, Katsushika Hokusai
Famous Male Artists Painting Flowers

CLAUDE MONET

Most well-known today for his series of serene water lilies paintings, 19th century Impressionist Claude Monet was a groundbreaking tour de force in the development of expressive art.

Throughout his long life, which spanned the years between 1840 and 1926, Monet would progress from drawing amusing caricatures of friends to capturing the elusive nuances of natural scenes in various attitudes of light and color.

By striving to translate his unique perception of the natural world directly to the canvas, the artist was instrumental in forging an entirely new direction for the world of art.

Monet moved to Giverny in 1890 and set to work to create a private haven where he would produce some of his most well-loved works over the final decades of his life. Flower gardens and a lily pond with a picturesque Japanese bridge provided the landscapes that the artist would paint over and over again as the century began.

He would later state that the Giverny gardens constituted his greatest work of art where he produced his series of water lily pond paintings, which consists of approximately 300 canvases in total, 40 of them in large format.

Famous male artists painting flowers, impressionism, impressionist artists, flower paintings, floral art, vincent van gogh, claude monet, pierre-auguste renoir, henri fantin-latour, Katsushika Hokusai
FAMOUS MALE ARTISTS PAINTING FLOWERS

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI

Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. In his time he was Japan’s leading expert on Chinese painting.

Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.

During the early 1830s he released two series of kachō-e (pictures of birds and flowers) that reinterpreted this 800-year-old tradition, using the powerful graphic qualities and translucent pigments of Japanese ukiyo-e printmaking to yield outstanding results.

Prints in the first series, known as Large Flowers, are in the horizontal oban (large sheet) format. In general, the flowers are positioned centrally and include one bird or insect, with Hokusai’s signature being the only inscription.

The second series of prints, known as Small Flowers, are in the more intimate chuban (half sheet) format and match species of flowers with birds in seasonal settings. The names of the birds and flowers are inscribed on each sheet, and Japanese or Chinese poems enhance the contemplative settings.

Hokusai’s great ability to capture animals’ movement enabled him to illustrate many of the birds swooping and darting in flight – a skill unrivalled by other Japanese artists.

Famous male artists painting flowers, impressionism, impressionist artists, flower paintings, floral art, vincent van gogh, claude monet, pierre-auguste renoir, henri fantin-latour, Katsushika Hokusai
FAMOUS MALE ARTISTS PAINTING FLOWERS

HENRI FANTIN-LATOUR

Alongside his work as a portrait painter, Fantin-Latour produced a large number of still lifes. In the 1860s, these even played a major role in his career.

It was in fact in England, which he visited regularly, that Fantin-Latour found many enthusiasts for his paintings of flowers and fruit. Purchases and commissions then followed, ensuring commercial success for the painter, which, until then, his other work had not provided.

Although it was the period of the Impressionists for whom, moreover, he had genuine affection, Fantin-Latour’s still lifes, filled with poetry and a little old fashioned, were able to impress the public.

However, the choice of this subject was not as innocent as it might seem. In the hierarchy of the genres laid down by the Académie des Beaux-arts in the 17th century, the still life with fruit or flowers was relegated to the lowest level.

By freeing himself from all literary, religious or historical pretexts (supposed to confer worth and nobility to the work) Fantin-Latour was taking the opposite view to these academic principles. This painting, which tells no story, is intended purely to appeal to the eyes, thus embodying one of the main aims of modern art.

Famous male artists painting flowers, impressionism, impressionist artists, flower paintings, floral art, vincent van gogh, claude monet, pierre-auguste renoir, henri fantin-latour, Katsushika Hokusai
FAMOUS MALE ARTISTS PAINTING FLOWERS

PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR

Best known for portraiture, figurative work, and his series of voluptuous bathing women, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was among the first group of French Impressionist painters.

In the 1860s, he painted en plein air with Claude Monet, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley in the forest of Fontainebleau. Rejecting traditional methods of building paintings with layers of thin glazes, the Impressionists worked spontaneously to capture the fleeting effects of light using bright pigments, large brushstrokes, and thick impasto.

By the late 1870s, dissatisfied with the spontaneity of Impressionism, Renoir moved toward a more traditional, less experimental approach. By the 1890s, Renoir’s paintings recall the rich color of Titian and Rubens and the sensual beauty of 18th-century French art. Renoir was celebrated in the early 20th century as one of the greatest modern French painters.

Famous male artists painting flowers, impressionism, impressionist artists, flower paintings, floral art, vincent van gogh, claude monet, pierre-auguste renoir, henri fantin-latour, Katsushika Hokusai
Famous Male Artists Painting Flowers

Inspired by all these great artists, I was also caught with the bug of painting flowers.

Bouquets, still lifes and modernist styles, they gave me a new love for flowers, taught me to appreciate the beauty of them and even introduced me to flowers that I never heard of.

Below is an impasto oil painting, Garden Soiree measuring 36″ x 36″ x 2″ that would look great in a living or dining room. Hues of bright purples and yellow flowers will give a pop to any room. 

You’re welcome to visit our website at www.sharifahbahiyah.com to view and purchase. Worldwide shipping available.

Oil painting, oil on canvas, artists painting flowers, claude monet, vincent van gogh, impasto, thick paint, impressionist

 

flower paintings by famous artists, famous flower paintings monet, claude monet, vincent van gogh, pierre-Auguste Renoir, flower paintings images, flowers art painting

Motivational quote, Vincent Van Gogh quote, inspirational quoteClaude Monet, Impressionism, impressionists, claude monet quotes, motinational quotes, inspirational quotesVincent Van Gogh quote, motivational quote, inspirational quote, impressionists, imressionism