Monday, 3 March 2014

Lasting impressions


The latest US orchid show celebrates the work of three artists who found creative energy in the beauty of landscapes: Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin. 

Atlanta botanical garden’s Orchid Daze: Lasting Impressions (until 13 April) showcases the artists’ dazzling ways of seeing and perceiving the world.


The mad genius of Van Gogh’s Starry Night inspires the design for an overhead display of jewel-like miniature orchids, and upright spikes of dancing lady orchids echo his impasto brushstrokes.


Monet’s haven of tranquillity is recreated with a tranquil pool filled with planters of lilac, pink and salmon pansy orchids and cattleya hybrids, reminiscent of water lilies at Giverny. Potted willows begin the exhibition as bare brown silhouettes, then scintillate with golden catkins and finally unfold in a diversity of greens. Miniature orchids and grass-like plants create jeweled tapestries beneath the trees.

The vibrant tropical island visions of Gauguin come to life with striking blue Vandas, flaming orange masdevillas and sunset yellow nun’s orchids. Some of Gauguin’s trademark Tahitian female figures appear among the foliage.

By Pamela Kelt