The timeless beauty of floral prints have made them a perpetually popular choice for home decor. Flowers often serve as inspiration for both fine and applied arts, and are frequently depicted in paintings, ceramics, and textiles.
Artists around the world have been interested in depicting floral imagery for centuries. Images of plants and flowers were seen as allegorical symbols in many cultures, and realistic renderings were also helpful for doctors to learn and recognize plants’ medicinal values. During the 15th and 16th centuries, the Western world became more concerned with depicting the natural environment as realistically as possible. This sparked various groups concerning the depiction of wildlife, including America’s Hudson River School, the Society of Painters in Water Colours, and the New Society of Painters in Water-Colours. Artists made studies of flowers and plants in various mediums, ranging from oil to watercolor to charcoal. As artistic processes have transformed, the flower still remains a common subject. Modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe is famous for her abstract floral paintings, while Vincent Van Gogh is known for his vibrant floral images like “Sunflowers” (1888) and “Irises” (1889). Japanese artist Hokusai made various works depicting lilies, plum and cherry blossoms, and orchids. Andy Warhol is known for his retro floral prints in his “Flowers” series (1964). Other well-known artists who have made floral works include Henri Matisse, Hans Memling, Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Camille Pissarro, and Childe Hassam.
Though some may automatically assume all floral artwork to be highly traditional, there is actually a wider range of variety within this category than many would assume. Floral prints often feature vivid palettes, perfect for homes requiring a splash of cheerful color. If there are rounded lines within your room--such as archways or rounded furniture corners--the soft, curvy lines found in many floral images may coordinate nicely.
Floral artwork prints make perfect gifts for gardeners as well as for those who favor romantic, shabby chic, or country decor. Retro and vintage-inspired floral prints are also terrific choices for those enthusiastic about nostalgic decor, housewares, and furniture. You may also consider a lovely floral print as a longer-lasting gift alternative to fresh-cut flowers for your loved one on their birthday, anniversary, or Valentines Day!