Flower of the Fields

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Flower of the Fields
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Artist Louis Janmot
Year 1845
Type Oil on wood
Dimensions 103 cm × 83 cm (41 in × 33 in)
Location Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon

Flower of the Fields is an 1845 painting on wood by Lyon artist Louis Janmot. It was acquired in 1893 by the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon where it has been conserved.[1]

The painting shows a young woman who is sitting in the nature, surrounded with flowers and butterflies. She has two flower bouquets in her hands: one laid down on her knees, composed of buttercups, daisies and cornflowers, the other one held vertically is composed of poppies. In the background, the landscape shows a verdant plains and the mountains of the Bugey region. The sky is blue, with some white clouds near the mountains, and indicates that the scene probably takes place in the late afternoon. Each flower, as well as the woman's face, are painted with an extremely accuracy, the colors used are sweet and some melancholy emanates from the scene. The look of the young woman seems to contain a hint of seriousness.

The painting was notably exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1845 and at the Exposition Universelle (1855), also in Paris, among other exhibitions. It was restored in 1974.[1]

Larousse Encyclopedia describes this work as "well-balanced".[2] However, it is unclear if the painting is the portrait of a woman known by Janmot, but the clothes she wears do not comply with her time, but recall the portraits of the Italian Renaissance. This may be a painting of flowers, as this type of art was very popular in Lyon in the 19th century. Another theory is that the young woman is the goddess Flora and is in thought about the transience of time.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fleurs des champs" (in French). Ministère de la Culture. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Louis Janmot" (in French). Larousse. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Vidéos d'expositions: Fleur des Champs, de Louis Janmot (1845)" (in French). Culture Lyon. Retrieved 22 March 2010.