History Of Botanical Prints
Botany has inspired artists across the globe for centuries. Early nature drawings were used by alchemists and doctors to learn medicinal uses. Botanical imagery has also long been associated with allegorical and religious significance in different cultures. Chinese landscape artists, for example, used the natural settings and plants to create a metaphor of the state as an imperial garden. The Western world aimed to depict the natural world more realistically during the 15th and 16th centuries, leading to a rise in detailed botanical drawings. These images were used to record and classify new species. Many artist groups focusing on depicting nature also arose during this time. Among them were the New Society of Painters in Water-Colours and the Hudson River School. Artists drew these botanical subjects using a range of mediums, including charcoal, watercolor paint, and ink. Japanese artist Hokusai is known for his ink and woodblock botanical prints depicting various flowers and plants native to Japan. Pop artist Andy Warhol created silkscreen botanical prints of flowers in his vibrant “Flowers” series (1964). Other artists known for depicting botanical subjects include Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, John Constable, Alois Auer, Gillian Condy, and Lilian Snelling.
Decorating With Botanical Prints
Botanical art prints would coordinate beautifully with traditional, antique, and rustic furniture as well as printed textiles of a similar colorway. Botanical prints will also complement natural materials such as wood, terra cotta, rattan, and jute. A gallery wall of botanical illustrations of identical size in matching frames would make a handsome addition to a library, office, or den. For a more eclectic look, hang a cluster of botanical paintings, drawings, and photographs of various styles in mismatched frames, and echo the botanic theme in textiles (e.g. cushions, window treatments, etc.) throughout the space. For help with your search, view Saatchi Art’s curated collection of botanical prints now.
Gifting With Botanical Prints
Botanical artwork prints make terrific gifts for gardeners, nature lovers, as well as for those who decorate with floral/botanical printed fabrics. Vintage-style botanical art prints are perfect choices for those enthusiastic about nostalgic decor, such as Caparis by Violet Frances Cato. Someone who favors contemporary-style furniture and decor may enjoy botanical artwork in a modernist vein. Examples include By Design and Mendel’s Conclusion by Marsha Boston, and Paisaje En Rosa by Maria Sarandon. Should, for any reason, your gift recipient be unsatisfied with the work, all unframed prints can be returned to Saatchi Art within seven days of receipt.