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Tulips, 1917, Tanigami Konan (1879-1928), Japan
This tulip image exemplifies the meticulous detail and rich woodblock printing technique for which Tanigami Konan is famous.
Konan was a renowned artist who, in 1917, began a series of prints of lush and exotic plants (many of them Western flowers) in a 120-plate edition. His five-volume album of traditional Japanese woodblock prints serves as a visual record of garden flowers. Although Konan’s prints were tremendously popular in the West, they have only recently received wide acceptance in Japan.
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Tulip Gesneriana, 1800, Gerard van Spaendonck (1746-1822), Netherlands
This image comes from Fleurs Dessinees d’apres Nature (Flowers Drawn from Life), a beautiful book of botanical art by Gerard van Spaendonck. A technical master of flower painting in all mediums and in every scale, he combined traditional Dutch flower depiction with French sophistication and good taste.