The VMFA proves that floral still life is much more than just a bouquet of flowers on a table.
If you think of a floral still life as a bouquet of flowers in a vase on a tabletop, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is about to change all of your perceptions with a new exhibit. While floral still lifes have always been considered beautiful, this exhibition also demonstrates their seriousness and range, and how French artists of the 19th century began to explore and experiment with this genre, giving it new spirit and life.
VMFA’s spring exhibition, Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse: The Art of the Flower, traces the reinvention of the floral still life, through more than 60 works by more than 30 artists painting over the course of the 19th century. The roster of names in this exhibition includes those who are well-known such as Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour, Édouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, and Henri Matisse, as well as less familiar figures such as Antoine Berjon and Simon Saint-Jean.
The exhibit runs from March 21st through June 21st. Admission is free for VMFA members, children 6 and under, and active-duty military personnel and their immediate families.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+, $10 for youth 7-17, and students with a valid school ID.
You can learn more and reserve your tickets online here.