A Spring Bouquet

Spring is here and that means blossoming flowers have arrived to cheer us up. During this time, you might not be able to get outside to smell the roses, so we wanted to share a few of the beautiful flowers in our collection to brighten your day! Join me as we take a stroll through the DMA “garden.”

We start our stroll on Level 1 in the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, where we spot this shallow ceramic bowl with a floral motif.

Shallow bowl, 14th century, ceramic with underglaze painting, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.1084

Next, we head to Level 2, where we see a lot of flowers, but two paintings in particular catch our eye for their vibrant colors—Flowers in a Vase with Two Doves by François Lepage and Henri Matisse’s Still Life: Bouquet and Compotier.

François Lepage, Flowers in a Vase with Two Doves, 1816–20, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Munger Fund in honor of three members of the Fund who loved flowers, Gertrude Terrell Munger, Rena Munger Aldredge, and Betty Aldredge Slater, 2016.23.M
Henri Matisse, Still Life: Bouquet and Compotier, 1924, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc., in honor of Dr. Bryan Williams, © Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2002.19.McD 

Our stroll takes us through a hallway on Level 3 that displays a variety of Japanese ceramics, many decorated with flowers. These are just a few we stop to admire.

Vase (one of a pair), Hayashi Hachizaemon (artist), about 1900, enamel, musen, cloisonné, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, The John R. Young Collection, gift of M. Frances and John R. Young, 1993.86.24.2.FA 
Vase with sunflowers (one of a pair), 1868–1912, enamel, metal, silver, cloisonné, Foundation for the Arts Collection, The John R. Young Collection, Mrs. John B. O’Hara Fund, 1995.203.1.FA 
Bowl, Hattori Tadasaburo (artist), about 1910, enamel, silver mounts, plique-a-jour, cloisonné, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, The John R. Young Collection, gift of M. Frances and John R. Young, 1993.86.30.FA 

We end our botanical expedition on Level 4, where we marvel at the skill of quilt maker Martha E. Keech and take time to look closely at the monumental work by Alfredo Ramos Martínez in our newly opened exhibition Flores Mexicanas.

“Album” quilt, Martha E. Keech, Baltimore, Maryland, about 1861, cotton, silk, and wool, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous centennial gift, 2003.35 
Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Flores Mexicanas, 1914-29, oil on canvas, Missouri Historical Society Collections, © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, reproduced by permission

This is just a small selection of the flora you can view at the DMA. Stop and smell these online roses and more with a few of the beautiful flowers in our collection to brighten your day!

Stacey Lizotte is the DMA League Director of Adult Programs at the DMA.


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