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Yayoi Kusama is also one of the most renowned contemporary Japanese artists. She creates in a variety of different media, including painting, collage, scat sculpture, performance, environmental and installation art, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. One of the most renowned series by this great artist is Pumpkin series. Covered in polka dots in a rich yellow color, the iconic pumpkin is presented against a background of nets. When coupled, all such elements form a visual language that is unmistakable to the artist’s style, and has been evolved and perfected through decades of painstaking production and reproduction.

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The American landscape painter Martin Johnson Heade spent much of his time traveling the tropics where he was inspired to paint many images with flowers and birds. Exploring the world around him, he began to specialize in depictions of salt marshes in the New England Costal area. His painting Sunlight and Shadow: The Newbury Marshes not only reflects his interest in this subject matter, but also displays the detailed analysis of the landscape. His other famous nature paintings include Rocks in New England, Rhode Island Landscape, and Sunrise in Nicaragua.

The French-American painter John James Audubon was also an ornithologist and naturalist. His famous book The Birds of America became a major resource in the field of ornithology and he was credited with the discovery of 25 new species of birds. His celebrated and highly detailed paintings of nature and its wildlife include the work Golden Eagle, American Crow, and White Gyrfalcons. A number of important institutions celebrating nature carry his name as an honor to his achievements as both an artist and explorer of the world.

The long history of Japanese painting can be understood as a synthesis of several traditions that make parts of the recognizable Japanese aesthetics. First of all, Buddhist art and painting techniques, as well as religious painting, left significant mark to the aesthetics of Japanese paintings; ink-wash painting of landscapes in the Chinese literati painting tradition is another important element recognizable in many famous Japanese paintings; the painting of animals and plants, especially birds and flowers is something that is usually related to Japanese compositions, but also landscape and scenes from every-day life as well. Finally, a large influence on Japanese painting has had ancient ideas of beauty from philosophy and culture of Ancient Japan. Wabi, which means transient and stark beauty, sabi (the beauty of natural patina and aging) and yūgen (profound grace and subtlety) are still influential ideals in Japanese painting practices.

The wild and expressive paintings of the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh began to achieve widespread popularity only after the artist’s death. His nature paintings are not only one of the most expressive works but are images which, for many, act like the footprints of the inner workings and the turmoil of the author’s soul. His canvases ooze in swirling, thick and vibrant color, evident in one of his most famous paintings The Starry Night. Other famous nature paintings produced by the artist are Wheatfield Under Clouded Sky and Daubigny’s Garden, both of which he painted in the last weeks of his life.

However, Japanese art and painting, were influenced by foreign artistic practices as well. First, it was Chinese art in the 16th Century and Chinese painting and Chinese arts tradition which was especially influential at a number of points. As of the 17th Century, Japanese painting was also influenced by Western traditions. Particularly, in the Pre-War period that lasted from 1868 until 1945, Japanese painting was heavily influenced by Impressionism and European romanticism. At the same time, new European art movements were also significantly influenced by Japanese art practices. This influence is called Japonism in history of art, and it was particularly influential for Impressionists, Cubists and those artists related with Art Nouveau.

Featured image: Ambrosius Bosschaert – Still life of flowers 1614

Featured image: Henri Rousseau – The Flamingos. Image via allpaintings.org

Featured image: John James Audubon – Birds of America. Image via edenkeeper.org. All images used for illustrative purposes only.

In mid-1600 tulip bulb became hugely expensive, so painted pictures of these beautiful flowers became a convenient and cheap substitute for the real specimens. The high demand for specialized tulip catalogs encouraged painter Judith Leyster to create a flower book of her own. Though mostly famous for her stunning portraits, the Dutch artist could paint still life imagery just as well which she proved with this fantastic series of works.

Marc Quinn – Radioactive Nurseries of Enceladus (in the Night Garden), 2010

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Japanese painting has a very rich history; its tradition is vast, while Japan’s unique position in the world largely influenced the dominant styles and techniques of Japanese artists. It is a well-known fact that Japan was quite isolated for centuries – it was not only because of geography, but also because of the dominant Japanese cultural inclination towards isolation that marked the country’s history. During the centuries of the existence of what we might call “Japanese civilization”, culture and art were developing separately from those in the rest of the world. And that is even visible in Japanese painting practices. Nihonga paintings, for example, are one of the main products of the Japanese painting practice. It is based on traditions over a thousand years old and the paintings are usually executed on washi (Japanese paper) or eginu (silk), using brushes.

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Featured image: Paul Cezanne – Road Near Mont Sainte Victorie. Image via wikiart.org

Ambrosius Bosschaert was one of the first artists who specialized in painting flower artworks. He was one of the pioneers of painting highly detailed flower arrangements, usually depicted vivid, and realistic bouquets of pink tulips and roses. His realistic artworks were usually painted on copper, very symmetrically and with almost scientific accuracy. The artwork depicts a white rose, a pink carnation and a yellow tulip in front of a basket of vividly colored flowers. The striking painting symbolizes a brief existence of picked plants and its fleeting beauty but also an array of short-lived insects that share the same destiny.

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Featured image: Vincent van Gogh – Whaet Field with Cypresses. Image via wikimedia.org; Claude Monet – Haystacks. Image via widewalls.ch; Henri Rousseau – The Dream. Image via wikipedia.org

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It’s always a challenge to make a list of best paintings from some art tradition. Many amazing artworks will be excluded; however, this list presents ten most recognizable Japanese paintings in the world. In this article, only those paintings created from 19th Century until today will be presented.

One of the most famous and most loved painting series in the history of art is definitely Claude Monet‘s stunning Water Lilies series. Oil on canvas painting series that depicts Claude Monet’s flower garden at his home in Giverny, was depicted as a wast almost endless water surface. The painter was attracted by the water plant’s ability to reflect sunlight which is why he created a series of paintings showing the transformation of the flower and the surrounding pond at different times of day and various seasons of the year. His water lilies ranged from figurative to abstract thus opening a door for further abstraction in painting. This 1919 painting was finished, signed and sold by the painter himself while many other pieces from the same series remained unfinished.

The Oxbow (The Connecticut River Near Northampton) – Thomas Cole

A pure fascination for artists, nature is a great setting onto which inner feelings and progressive ideas of the new aesthetic language and trends can be imprinted. In the past, artists would often recreate nature in their studios and these models helped them to create some of the greatest imagery in art history. With the birth of avant-garde movement Impressionism, artists took to the countryside and began painting en-plain air. Exploring the shifting light and investigating the perception of color, nature was a starting point for major achievements which forever changed the face of art. For many, Claude Monet’s painting, especially his series investigating light on the Rouen Cathedral, announced abstraction in art. The pioneer abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky used nature as a starting point for his paintings, which focused on the notion of the spiritual and suggestive in art. The landscape paintings today showcase the importance of painting in open air which continues to fascinate landscape artists.

Featured image: Judith Leyster – Tulip from Her Tulip Book, 1643

Sunflowers are the main topic of two separate series of Van Gogh‘s oil on canvas paintings and one of the most common motifs in the famous Dutch painter’s work. This particular painting entitled Still Life Vase with Twelve Sunflowers belongs to his Arles painting series created in 1888. He painted a total of four versions of this vase and this last version was reworked by the painter to feature additional flowers. So, even though it carries the title Still Life Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, this particular painting features a total of 15 flowers.

Vincent van Gogh – Still Life Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, 1888

One of the most recognizable Japanese paintings is The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. It was executed in 1814 by famous artist Hokusai. If we follow strict definitions, this amazing Hokusai’s piece could not be considered as a painting, since it’s a woodcut design of the ukiyo-e genre from the book Kinoe no Komatsu, which is a three-volume book of shunga erotica. The composition depicts a young ama diver entwined sexually with a pair of octopuses. This image was quite influential in the 19th and 20th Century. The work has influenced later artists such as Félicien Rops, Auguste Rodin, Louis Aucoc, Fernand Khnopff, and Pablo Picasso.

The German-American painter Albert Bierstadt was associated with the Hudson River School movement, inspired by the American West. The beauty of the outdoors and its wildlife were often subject matter of his famous nature paintings. Among his celebrated nature paintings, which many associate also with the Rocky Mountain School Movement, is his painting Looking Down Yosemite Valley.

Kawanabe Kyosai was one of the most prominent Japanese artists of the Edo period. His art was influenced by the work of Tohaku, a Kano artist of the sixteenth century who was the only artist of his period to paint screens entirely in ink on a delicate background of powdered gold. Although Kyosai is best-known as caricaturist, he created some of the most notable paintings in the Japanese history of art of the 19th Century. Tiger is one of these paintings where Kyosai used watercolor and ink to create this picture.

Featured image: Marc Quinn – Radioactive Nurseries of Enceladus (in the Night Garden) via marcquinn.com; All images via Wikipedia unless otherwise stated

Elements of nature such as animals, trees, and flowers served as prolific painting motifs for centuries. Depending on the time period flower paintings often carried either mythological, religious or medical meaning. In ancient Greek tradition, for instance, carnation represented symbols of love while ivy embodied marital fidelity in middle ages. The long tradition of flower paintings extended to the modern era and botanical elements found its place in almost every art genre that followed. Production of flower paintings particularly flourished in the fifteenth and the sixteenth century when first painters specialized in botanical imagery appeared. Artworks from this period had high decorative properties but also the symbolic undertone that gave the artworks philosophical connotations. Holland has a particularly long flower painting tradition. From realistic art bouquets created in the 19th century to the colorful untamed sunflowers by Van Gogh, some of the most famous and most loved flower paintings come from the “land of tulips”.

The famous nature paintings which follow bellow showcase the mastery of artistic achievements and are considered as some of the most popular nature paintings. Please scroll down and explore some of the celebrated paintings.

Featured image: Claude Monet – Water Lilies. Image via wikimedia.com

In the 19th century, Claude Monet’s created his celebrated water-lily painting series that powerfully captures the constantly changing qualities of natural light in spring, summer, winter and fall and evoke the kind of meditative state that hypnotizes the viewers while observing the artworks. Finally, vivid close-ups by Georgia O’Keeffe and Marc Queen pull the flowers out of their natural surrounding to bring the viewers attention to the beauty of the colorful blossom and the unique singularity possessed by every specimen.

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You don’t have to be a botanist to paint flowers beautifully. Rather than produce anatomical flower paintings, it’s far more important to capture the quality, the feeling, and the spirit of the flowers. In this book, Reid turns his skillful eye and helpful teaching methods to painting flowers in acrylic and oil paints. Apart from a detailed discussion of materials and palettes, you will learn a bit about flowers and flower parts in general, as well as painting techniques like drybrushing, scumbling, and pointillism. Then, with plenty of examples and guided assignments, you will learn to paint a wide variety of leaf forms before moving on to specific flower design and arrangement. As the chapters progress, you’ll learn to properly mix values and colors for specific effects; compositional lessons about boundaries, lessons on subject placement and horizons; and how to use edges, lighting, and patterns.

One of the original founders of American Impressionism Mary Cassatt frequently painted elements closely related to home life. Though her paintings usually depicted the human figure, flower bouquets and gardens also found their place in her art pieces. This aubergine vase that’s filled with white and purple lilacs bouquet is painted next to an open window most likely located in a greenhouse near her studio. The image of a colorful bouquet of white and purple lilacs represents a wonderful example of the artist’s angular fluency and skillful academic painting style.

Tomioka Tessai – Abe-no-Nakamaro Writing Nostalgic Poem While Moon-viewing

Sunlight and Shadow – The Newbury Marshes – Martin Johnson Heade

The French Post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau famously claimed that he had ‘no teacher other than nature’. As a self-taught artist, many define his work to follow the trend of naïve art and celebrated his style and depiction of nature and of the human figure. Famous for his depictions of the jungle, his nature painting The Flamingos and the celebrated work The Dream showcase the juxtaposition of the real and imaginary.

Featured image: Cole Thomas – The Oxbow (The Connecticut River near Northampton). Image via wikimedia.org

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Japanese painting has extremely rich history. Throughout the centuries, Japanese artists developed a large number of unique techniques and styles that represent the most valuable Japanese contribution to the world of art. One of these techniques is sumi-e. Sumi-e literally means “ink picture,” combines calligraphy and ink-painting to produce brush painting compositions of rare beauty. This beauty is paradoxical-ancient but modern, simple but complex, bold but subdued-no doubt reflecting the arts spiritual basis in Zen Buddhism. Buddhist priests brought the ink stick and the bamboo-handled brush to Japan from China in the sixth century, and over the past fourteen centuries Japan has developed a rich heritage of ink-painting.

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The famous French artist Claude Monet was one of the most celebrated Impressionists whose nature paintings are well known in the history of art. Investigating the shifting nature of light and the perception of pure color, his paintings defined the Impressionistic style. His famous Water Lilies series, along with his paintings Haystacks and Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, showcase the new technique – en plein air. Taking his easel outside, Claude Monet was one of many Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists who promoted the direct contact to nature and used it to develop new trends in painting.

Tenmyouya Hisashi is contemporary Japanese artist, who is best-known for his “Neo-Nihonga” paintings. He participated in the revival of the old Japanese painting tradition, and it represents an antithesis to a modern Japanese-style painting. In 2000, he also created his new style “Butouha” which shows the resistant attitude for authoritative art system through his paintings. Japanese Spirit No. 14 was created as part of the “BASARA” art scheme, interpreted in Japanese culture as a rebellious behavior of lower-class aristocracy during the Warring States Period to deny authority in pursuit of an ideal lifestyle by dressing in magnificent and luxurious costumes and acting in free will, did not match their social class identities.

Featured image: Albert Bierstadt – Looking Down Yosemite Valley. Image via artsbma.org

Paul Cezanne was a French artist and a prominent figure of the Post-Impressionist movement. Celebrated as one of the revolutionary avant-garde artists of the 20th-century, Cezanne broke from the traditional rule of perspective in art and focused his work on the investigation of both form and color. His concern for the independent quality of the objects in his works created the flattening of the surface and use of geometric shapes which later inspired the Cubist movement. His famous nature painting Road Near Mont Sainte-Victoire showcases his interest to express nature and its elements through the use of basic geometric shapes and flat areas of vibrant color.

Featured image: Martin Johnson Heade – Sunlight and Shadow, The Newbury Marshes. Image via wikimedia.org

Featured image: Mary Cassatt – Lilacs in a Window, ca. 1880-83, via metmuseumorg

Featured image: Georgia O’Keeffe – Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico – Out Back of Marie’s. Image via pinterest.com

Fujishima Takeji was a Japanese painter, noted for his work in developing Romanticism and Impressionist art within the yōga (Western-style) art movement in late 19th- and early 20th-century Japanese painting. In 1905, he traveled to France, where he was influenced by French movements of that time, particularly by Impressionism, which can be seen in his painting Sunrise over the Eastern Sea that was executed in 1932.

Famous pop artist Andy Warhol often turned to flowers for painting inspiration and depicted a variety of species ranging from white daisies to Japanese ikebana. His 1964 flower painting series is particularly striking as he used innovative technique and vivid colors to highlight the floppy shape of hibiscus flower. Though accompanied by a controversy, as the photographer whose work served as a base for the flower series tried to sue, this painting series continued to blossom for the next 20 years. During these two decades, Andy Warhol created numerous floating flowers in different color schemes and with various levels of abstraction including the 1970 acrylic and silkscreen ink painting entitled Flowers.

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When expressionist artist Emil Nolde and his wife moved to the German state of Schleswig-Holstein they were immediately captivated by the colorful gardens in the area. These fields packed with yellow rudbeckia, jewel-like geums and dahlias, and bright pink roses drastically changed the way Emil Nolde painted. From there on, he started painting numerous oil on canvas flower pieces with powerful and emotional splashes of striking paint and watercolor. His celebrated Peonies and Irises painting wonderfully portrays the beauty of the modern garden.

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The American painter Thomas Cole is credited to be the founder of the Hudson River School. The school was the base of the 19th-century movement created by a number of landscape artists whose aesthetic vision was influenced by Romanticism. This traditional period promoted the wild and expressive qualities that nature held to represent the setting for deeper philosophical themes. Cole was famous for his beautiful and realistic paintings of America’s rugged wilderness, as displayed in his Distant View of the Niagara Falls, Home in the Woods, and The Oxbow. For many his paintings are a form of allegorical art as they often hide themes which extend from the mere nature depictions.

Featured image: Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night. Image via wikimedia.com

Featured image: Winslow Homer – Gloucester Harbour. Image via wikiart.com

Featured image: Alex Katz – Red Roses with Blue 2001 via sothebys.com

Throughout her career, Georgia O’Keeffe created over 200 exceptional flower paintings. The artist who have worked primarily in watercolor till 1918, turned almost completely to oil on canvas painting and shortly began to create large scale floral forms at close range, as if they were seen through a magnifying glass. This striking Red Poppy painting dating from 1927 is a perfect example of Georgia O’Keeffe close-ups. The fascinating large-scale painting is marked with vibrant red and orange tones that pull the viewer directly into the artwork. In 1992 the US post office decided to pay tribute to the grand art figure by making a series of stamps based on this very painting.

Tomioka Tessai is a pseudonym for a famous Japanese artist and calligrapher. He is regarded as the last major artist in the Bunjinga tradition and one of the first major artists of the Nihonga style. Bunjinga tradition was s a school of Japanese painting which flourished in the late Edo period among artists who considered themselves literati, or intellectuals. Each of these artists, including Tessai developed their own style and technique, but all of them were great admirers of Chinese art and culture.  

Captivating and colorful flowers are a recurrent motif in the artworks of Marc Quinn as well. British art-maker portrayed all kinds of flowers including irises, sunflowers anthuriums, and orchids. His fascination with flora begun in the year of 2000 when he created his famous Garden installation packed with numerous frozen flower sculptures. But, Marc Quinn also made a series of flower paintings and drawings, one of which has found its place on our list. Radioactive Nurseries of Enceladus (in the Night Garden) painting is a hyperrealistic representation of strawberries and striking flowers in full bloom. The painting simultaneously depicts the artist’s desire to save the environment and the human need to control it.

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American artist Alex Katz is known for his examination of the three-dimensional space with his simplified portrait and landscape imagery. The first time he created a flower painting was in the late 1960s when the artist depicted extreme close-ups of singular flower. In the early 2000s, he began to paint flowers in profusion and create artworks similar to his 1960s pieces. In 2001 the prolific painter covered large blue canvas in rose blossoms to create one of his finest floral artworks entitled Red Roses with Blue.

Finally, The Great Wave off Kanagawa is probably the most recognizable Japanese painting ever made. It’s actually the most prominent piece of art “made in Japan”. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the prefecture of Kanagawa. While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is, as the picture’s title suggests, more likely to be a large rogue wave. The painting is executed in the tradition of ukiyo-e.

The self-taught American artist Winslow Homer initially worked as a commercial illustrator. Fascinated with nature, he began investigating the traditional oil medium and soon became famous for his landscape and marine subjects produced during his working vacations. His nature painting Gloucester Harbor showcases the beauty of color, the shifting light, and the serene atmosphere of the vacation at the sea. Other nature-inspired paintings by the artist include the Sunlight on the Coast, part of the collection of the Ohio Toledo Museum of Art, Song of the Lark, and Cloud Shadows.

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Kitagawa Utamaro was a prominent Japanese painter and artist who was born in 1753 and died in 1806. He is certainly best-known for his series entitled Ten Studies in Female Physiognomy, A Collection of Reigning Beauties, Great Love Themes of Classical Poetry (sometimes called Women in Love containing individual prints such as Revealed Love and Pensive Love). He is one of the most important artists who belonging to the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock prints.

The development of nature paintings follows two different schools: Chinese painting and Western art. The famous nature paintings fall into various categories, from the highly realistic nature depictions, detailed watercolor illustrations of various animal species and new discoveries of the world, through to stunning examples of abstract landscapes, and the most celebrated non-figurative paintings of the 20th-century.

From complex 17th century floral composition to fascinating rose oil painting by Alex Katz and Marc Queen, we present you with a bouquet of flower paintings that will make you rediscover your love for the many colors and shapes of nature.

Takashi Murakami is probably the most popular Japanese artists today. His works are being sold for astronomical prices at big auctions, while his art has been already inspiring the whole new generations of artists, not only in Japan, but internationally. Murakami’s art encompasses a wide range of mediums and is generally described as superflat. His work has been noted for its use of color, incorporation of motifs from Japanese traditional and popular culture. The content of his paintings is often described as “cute,” “psychedelic,” or “satirical”.

Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico – Out Back of Marie’s – Georgia O’Keeffe

Hiroshi Yoshida is known as one of the most important figures of the shin-hanga style (shin-hanga was an art movement in early 20th-century Japan, during the Taishō and Shōwa periods, that revitalized traditional ukiyo-e art rooted in the Edo and Meiji periods (17th–19th century). He was trained in the Western oil painting tradition, which was adopted in Japan during the Meiji period.

Featured image: Still Life Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, 1888

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Finally, if we focus on picking the ten most famous Japanese masterpieces, we have to mention ukiyo-e, which is one of the most popular art genres in Japan, even though it refers to printmaking. It dominated Japanese art from the 17th through 19th centuries, while the artists belonging to this genre produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties, kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers, but also scenes from history and folk tales, travel scenes and landscapes, flora and fauna, and even erotica.

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The artist Georgia O’Keeffe is known as the mother of American modernism. Closely connected to the innovative European artists of the 20th-century, her goal was to make the natural world abstract in order to make it more aesthetically appealing. She specialized in producing large-scale paintings of flowers. Spending a great deal of time in New Mexico, where she purchased a ranch, her paintings were celebrated as one of the first abstract and stylized nature images. The multicolored cliffs of the New Mexico landscape inspired her famous painting Black Mesa Landscape, along with White Palace. Some of her famous flower paintings are Pineapple Bud and Calla Lilies on Red.

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