The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
With the works of the 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painters, flower
painting as a distinctive genre in Western art reached its zenith (JAMA
cover, April 19, 2000). This does not imply a decline, however. Far from it.
It has continued to flourish, right on through the 20th century. Notable flower
painters include the 18th-century botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute;
the still life master Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, whose innovations
took flower painting to new levels; the as yet little-known 19th-century French
painter Antoine Berjon; the 19th-century Henri Fantin-Latour, whose flower
works dominated the second half of that century (JAMA covers, September
18, 1996, and January 24/31, 1996); Édouard Manet, whose small flower
pieces, executed during the last years of his life, are among the most intimate
and charming of all his works (JAMA cover, March 28, 1980); and, at the
end of the 19th century, Vincent van Gogh, whose irises and sunflowers gave
new meaning to flower still life (JAMA cover, August 16, 1985). Notable
in the 20th century are the Americans William Merritt Chase and Emil Carlsen,
as well as the French Odilon Redon (JAMA cover, April 21, 1999) and the
German Expressionist Emil Nolde (JAMA cover, March 14, 1986). There are
others, of course, as numerous as stars in the sky, but these are among those
singled out by historians for special mention. (Mitchell P. Flower painting.
Available at: http://www.groveart.com. Accessed February 8, 2000.)
Southgate MT. Flowers in a Rococo Vase. JAMA. 2000;283(16):2072. doi:10.1001/jama.283.16.2072