Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

Flower Painters (1): Jan van Huysum January 31, 2010

Born and bred in Amsterdam, Van Huysum (1682-1749) established himself as one of the best flower painters in the Netherlands. He painted landscapes but was famous for creating painstakingly detailed and realistic flower and fruit still lifes, which commanded princely sums from a number of European royal courts. He was also something of an artistic pioneer, being the first to use light paints on an even lighter background.

 

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My flower book (15): Tulips December 7, 2009

On the left is a simple bouquet of orange tulips for home decoration.

 

On the right is a round bouquet of tulips and buttercups to offer at an informal visit.

 

The orange color is cheerful in winter, when it rains a lot in Paris. Although I can’t help from keeping thinking that the tulips come from the hydroculture in Holland, but not a Spring field…

 

 

Tulip April 24, 2009

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Tulip is  the flowering plant which has the most different species, about 150 all over the world. Tulips are always associated with Holland, which is the biggest producer of tulips and the horticultural center of Europe, even the world.

I went to Holland last year to visit the famous Aalsmeer Flower Auction and tulips fields. Actually, it’s difficult to find the sea of flowers as in my imagination. The fields were split and surrounded by buildings. I realized that the pictures we saw about Holland and its Tulips had avoided these things…

So the best place to see tulips is in theme parks, like the Keukenhof Tulips Park near Amsterdam.

In Paris, there are also many varieties of tulips in public gardens, as Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Floral de Vincennes where I took these photos.