Sunday, December 27, 2009

Death Flower - Art

Death Flower captures the wilting of a flower in a profound study of mortality and death. This painting, with its naturalistic color scheme of muted neutrals, is very simple in composition. It features a single flower shown in a vulnerable, weak state of deterioration. Slowly, the flower wilts and dies, as its time as a living thing on this planet elapses and ends. The flower finally collapses on the hard ground, a victim of time and nature.

The flower’s death becomes a metaphor for the nature of death itself in this captivating piece. The flower dies humbly and alone, as we all must at some time in the future. The artist could have chosen to depict the flower in the context of its surroundings, providing images of the surrounding flowers, the sky, and other vegetation in the area. Yet in the end, death is a solitary experience and a personal one, so the flower falls alone, the lone figure featured in this evocative painting.

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