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Springfield Museums, In Bloom
April 2 - April 21
The Springfield Museums present In Bloom: Floral Works from the Collection, April 2–September 1, 2019, in the Starr Gallery of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Throughout history, artists have been inspired by flowering plants and their colorful blossoms. The floral prints in this exhibition combine artistic sensibility with close observation of the natural world. Displayed alongside artfully arranged botanical specimens from the collection of the Springfield Science Museum, the works celebrate flowers as a subject of shared interest for artists, scientists, and all who appreciate nature’s beauty and variety.
Artists represented in this special exhibit include American printmakers Asa Cheffetz, Barry Moser, and Margaret Jordan Patterson, and Japanese artists Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai—highlighting juxtapositions of western and eastern floral art. The exhibit includes woodblock prints and wood engravings as well as botanical sheets from the Science Museum.
Peacock and Peonies, circa 1832, woodblock print by Andō Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), Raymond A. Bidwell Collection