This picture by John Singer Sargent has the lovely title „Carnation, lily, lily, rose“. Since I first saw this in The Tate in London, I fell in love with it.
It reminds me of short stories by Katherine Mansfield and perfect childhood days. How blessed it must be to grow up in a huge garden, overboarding with flowers.
„The inspiration for this picture came during a boating expedition Sargent took on the Thames at Pangbourne in September 1885, with the American artist Edwin Austin Abbey, during which he saw Chinese lanterns hanging among trees and lilies. He began the picture while staying at the home of the painter F.D. Millet at Broadway, Worcestershire, shortly after his move to Britain from Paris. At first he used the Millets's five-year-old daughter Katharine as his model, but she was soon replaced by Polly and Dorothy (Dolly) Barnard, the daughters of the illustrator Frederick Barnard, because they had the exact haircolour Sargent was seeking. Dolly, aged eleven, is on the left; Polly, aged seven, is on the right.“
Read more about it here.
Quote: Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. (Albert Camus)