Bluespiral's blog: The Shining and Glowering of the color Orange in Flowers in Art

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 5:36 AM

The internet has allowed me to appreciate flowers in painting, and I hope this will be as much fun for readers as it has been for me to take a journey with the color Orange through the following webpage: - - where we note various hues of orange, apricot, peach etc. in contrasting hues of blue, including darkening sky violets and clear day-turquoise. Please forgive errors, and all corrections, answers and comments will be welcome. The following remarks are in order of the paintings as they occur on the above noted webpage.

Edmond Van Coppenolle (Belgian, 1846 - 1914) - #3 wallflower?

Jean-Baptiste Robie(1821-1910) #1, #4 wallflowers; #5 peach/apricot shadows in roses?

Louis Letsch (German, 1856-1940) #2 orange-shadowed hearts in purple violets

Julien Stappers (1875-1960) #3 zinnias (not reason for this note, but while I'm at it...)

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Hans Zatzka
-- #1 - bad scan here, but still the apricot tribe travels magically from copper bowl through flowers, in contrast to the turquoise sky.
-- #4 - turquoise
-- Elsewhere, look at how orange travels from tulip to copper bowl, against contrasting hues in darkening sky:

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Nicolas de Largillière (1656-1746) - Orange is traveling through marigolds, picoteed poppies, carnations and two I can't identify. Can anyone identify the one that looks like a tassel flower (Emilia?) and another toward the top that looks like a globular cluster of orange/scarlet rayed flowers? Charcoal clouds gathering among darkening turquoise-y sky contrast dramatically.

Otto Eckmann (1865-1902) - Orange, Scarlet and Black-Crimson blaze through 5-leaf creeper, dahlias and orange-ish vertical stones(?) of possibly some castle wall hanging over some possible Bulgarian gorge lol.

MAX CARLIER ( 1872-1939) - not too fond of foody still lifes, but oranges do have their place in this note.

David de Noter (1818–1892) - #2 nasturtiums, contrasting with a nebulous shrubbery in right-background that looks like some purple-leaved shrub going rust-orange in fall. Does cotinus do that in full sun?

Siegfried Detlev Bendixen (1786-1864) - Orange begins its journey on this canvas in the vase - is that Abutilon (Flowering Maple)? Below the pot, brown burns in the poppy and the orange goes chocolate in another flower to the right and back, for which I'd love to have an identification. The earthenware pot darkens with orange at the base, just above an orange-tinted, beige/cream table (ecru?).

Ellen Ladell (British, ?-1853) - Butterfly wings set the clear orange theme, which tints the brownish woodsy background (umber?), as well as carrying the dusky red rose far away from clear pink.

Georges Antonio Lopisgich, ( 1854 - 1913) - This one is what got me started on this blog. The blues dissolve in mist, while the heart of the far right rose has been thickly slathered with a furnace-bright orange, from which the light of this canvas seems to emanate.

Jan Frans van Dael (1764-1840)
-- #1 - nice contrast between orange rim of primrose and blue of lilac.
-- #2 - Coppery orange reflects from flames of tulips and vase/bowl, while mingling with yellow-ish nasturtiums.

Adéle de LAPORTE (1842 - 1870) - Can anyone identify that tiny orange flower extending on frail stems from the vase at the lower right? If I remember correctly, Anagallis arvensis has a blue phase and an orange phase - are we looking at the orange phase of A. arvensis?

Cornelis van Spaendonck (1756-1840)
-- #1 Few flowers "do" orange better than the Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis), at the top of this arrangement. (One of my favorite plays of orange against blue is Van Gogh's Vase of Fritillarias - )
-- #2 - another flow of orange from anemone(?) and poppy to ecru of box and copper of vase

Leopold von Stoll (1828-1869) - This painting is one of my favorite paintings, and orange deserves all the drama here afforded. Beginning with the "crest" of the ginger at the top, like some exotic bird, orange then echoes in the sage (Salvia splendens 'van Houttei'?) to a dahlia and then revs up with a black dahlia, but cools down with flowers in various blues from lilac to turquoise. All of these blues moil about with clouds and sky above, hinting at some great event to come. The orange ginger and salvia, along with the black dahlia, would amount to far less if not for that white phlox between them.

Аукционное, неизвестный художник - foody still lives - See squash and orange-ish tints in grape and corn leaves.

Olga Koudacheff -
-- #1 Orange flecks in the carnations contrast with blue in their stems.
-- #2 Orange informs these pelargoniums.

Georg Albert Dorschfeldt (1898-1979) - wildflowers? Orange in poppies near top and possibly in Anagallis arvensis again.

If you got this far, thanks for reading this and I look forward to answers to my questions or any other ruminations.

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