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20th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition: A Palette of Flowers

Categories: Exhibits

February 23 – May 20, 2018

Filoli’s 20th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition celebrates the abundance of spring flowers in the Estate’s magnificent historic Garden. The beautiful and extraordinarily accurate flower portraits are painted by international and local artists, some of them graduates of Filoli’s Botanical Art Certificate Program. Media used to create botanical paintings include watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, oil, and graphite.

Botanical art is a centuries old art form that has a long and colorful history dating back to the 1400s BCE. With the advent of photography, botanical art was dormant for nearly a century but saw a rebirth in the latter part of the 1900s.

A marriage of art and science, botanical art immortalizes the plant world. After closely observing a plant, the artist discovers amazing details. The subject is carefully measured, drawn, and painted to capture its graceful movement and intriguing personality. The most skilled botanical artists are those who understand plants scientifically, but also see and describe their subject with the eye and hand of an artist.

Meet the Artist Hour: Opening Day, Friday, February 23, 4:00-5:00 pm
Filoli visitors will have the opportunity to talk with artists, one-on-one, about their inspirations and techniques. Meet the Artist Hour is free to all visitors with the purchase of a Filoli general admission ticket.

Image: Parrot Tulip, Open View, by Ingrid Finnan