Opening this Sunday, October 26th, at the Dallas Museum of Art is Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse, on the first stop of its three-city tour. Organized by DMA and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, it is the first major American exhibition to explore the traditional genre of floral still-life painting during the nineteenth century, a time of upheaval as modernism transformed the art world. The show presents approximately sixty floral still-life paintings by artists including Vincent van Gogh, Eugéne Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, and Paul Cézanne.

Working Among Flowers, the exhibition catalogue for the show, was produced by Marquand Books. Designed by Susan E. Kelly, the 184-page catalogue is fully illustrated with 150 color images of works by over 30 artists. Essays by Heather MacDonald, Mitchell Merling, Audrey Gay-Mazuel, Oliver Meslay, and Sylvie Patry examine the cultural, societal, literary, and even scientific context of flower painting in the 1800s.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Dallas Museum of Art. To purchase a copy of Working Among Flowers, visit Yale University Press.


Photography by Meghann Ney