#3 Flowershistoric beauty

Old masters
new ways

One historic painting, three contemporary interpretations, created especially for The Green Gallery. Lose yourself in the floral world of Cornelis van Spaendonck________.

Flower bunch by Cornelis van Spaendonck (1810)

Cornelis van Spaendonck

(1756 - 1839)

Cornelis van Spaendonck was a Dutch painter who was a native of Tilburg.
The years between 1750 and 1850 in which Van Spaendonck lived were tumultuous times. The time of the French Revolution – during which Napoleon conquered the continent – and the Industrial Revolution – with the rise of the working class. In the visual arts this period was characterised by neoclassicism, whereby line and shape were felt to be more important than colour or atmosphere. This style is very precise, almost photographic, as in this painting by Van Spaendonck.

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Flower bunch by Cornelis van Spaendonck (1810)

VictoriaGladchenko, @Vi_delight

Victoria:“In February it's really hard to find some of the spring-summer flowers, but the task infatuated me so much that I spent a week looking for species that filled the requirements. The lighting of the image is essential and I knew how to play with it. The painting inspired me in this way: to make a copy and remain authentic at the same time.”

Victoria Gladchenko

@Vi_delight

Victoria Gladchenko (28)
Lives in Odessa, Ukraine.
Pastry chef and photographer
Co-founder of @makemycakeshop pastry shop, @whitewhale.coffee coffee shop, @frebule wine restaurant (all in Odessa)

“You need to love things that grow and come to your table”

Victoria: “I've always been surrounded by flowers. Modest flowers blooming from May to August in our country are my favourite: peonies, tulips, garden roses, lilac, grape hyacinth, lily-of-the-valley, hellebore, elderflower, wisteria, the list is endless. Our home in the countryside was always full of guests because my parents were great cooks and hospitable householders so they liked to treat their nearest and dearest with homemade food "from-garden-to-table". My mother always liked to “invent” something and decorate dishes with edible flowers and flowers made from vegetables. The food was not just a meal in our family; it was varied, simple and elegant at the same time. From a young age I began to learn and develop my taste. I realized that in order to make gorgeous food, you don’t need a special education - you need to love things that grow and bring them to your table. I am a pastry chef and create desserts for the guests of our pastry shop, coffee shop and restaurant. I use only natural flavours from natural products. For example, our seasonal rose and wild strawberry macaron is made from local garden tea roses and fresh berries. I found a lot of inspiration being a part of the Instagram community, where I share pictures of our desserts and the ingredients they are made from, seasonal flowers and things I notice and find beautiful_______.”

Favorite Flowerquote:

You need to love things that grow and bring them to your table_______.

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Flowers

Hydrangeas
Roses
Delphinium
Anemones
Cloves
Tulips
Ranunculi
Herber
Hyacinths

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Styling
Victoria Gladchenko

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Styling
Victoria Gladchenko

Flowers

Hydrangeas
Roses
Delphinium
Anemones
Cloves
Tulips
Ranunculi
Herber
Hyacinths

Flower bunch by Cornelis van Spaendonck (1810)

Carole Poirot, @mademoisellepoirot

Carole: “Seeing van Spaarndonck’s painting inspired me immediately due to its seemingly random grouping of flowers. There’s no formal arrangement, no vase, no striving for a perfectly arranged bouquet. The image tells of spring, but despite some the pastel colors, there’s a sense of fadedness to it.”

Carole Poirot,

@mademoisellepoirot

Born in Paris, later raised in Germany and now living in London, she started her blog “Mademoiselle Poirot” in 2010 simply as a way to share things that inspire and interest her. As a fairly introvert person, this was a good way to “put herself out there” without having to agonize about how to approach people. She now work as a prop stylist and photographer within the interior- and food-industry and has learned to love meeting new people, working with clients and sharing the creative journey of each project.

I look to find beauty in the imperfect, in faded colors and wilted flowers.
Carole: “I always look to work with natural light as well as natural elements in my shoots. I don’t strive for perfection in the usual sense, but look to find beauty in the imperfect: in faded colours, in wilted flowers, in worn surfaces and used objects. My colour palette is fairly neutral and muted, but I do like to occasionally “play” with strong contrasts like black and white. This combined with Van Spaendonck’s flower bunch inspired me to create something suitably spring-y but within my own muted style and with the addition of one of my favorite things: a quiet cup of coffee. The pastel blue from the painting appears in the muted blue of my coffee mug and pourer and the book. The flowers are lying on a wooden table waiting to be arranged. The quiet scene is given a lighter feel by the music “Spring in Paris” in the video_______.”

3-Step DIY
A simple bouquet embracing wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi can be described as seeing beauty in imperfections, recognizing that nothing is permanent and accepting that everything is in a constant state of transition.

-Choose 3 plants – two flowers and one foliage – which are simple yet pretty and delicate in their appearance.
- Choose a very simple, large vase or jug.
-Arrange the foliage in an asymmetrical way (hanging over more on one side than the other) before adding the flowers randomly – don’t be too precious or perfect, the bouquet is supposed to look as natural as possible.

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Flowers

Anemone
Rose
Ranunculus
Olive
Poppy Head
Mimosa

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Carole Poirot

Video
Carole Poirot

Styling
Carole Poirot

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Carole Poirot

Video
Carole Poirot

Styling
Carole Poirot

Flowers

Anemone
Rose
Ranunculus
Olive
Poppy Head
Mimosa

Flower bunch by Cornelis van Spaendonck (1810)

Adi Dekel, @_adidekel

Adi: “As I looked at Cornelis van Spaendonck’s work, I felt completely inspired by the colours. I started searching for the perfect flowers to use and although I originally planned to use only artificial, silk ones I came across an amazing bouquet of additional fresh flowers that really reminded me of the one in the painting. My original plan for the shoot was to go for an old-fashioned aesthetic with golden colours. Unfortunately, at the last minute I had to change everything and found myself shooting on a really cold, rainy day so the colors of the flowers in the original painting ended up setting the tone for the entire shoot.”

Adi Dekel,

@_adidekel

Adi Dekel (19)
Talented young Photographer
From Israel
Loves the light during twilight
Dreams about to be able to find her one special dream and make it reality

3-Step DIY
How you find the perfect surroundings for photography

This is how Adi Dekel looks for a perfect surrounding/set for her photography shoot:
- Take a look around you, look for that little spark of inspiration
- Change your point of view, look at things differently
- Try, experiment, create

Adi: “As I looked at Cornelis van Spaendonck’s work, I felt completely inspired by the colours. I started searching for the perfect flowers to use and although I originally planned to use only artificial, silk ones I came across an amazing bouquet of additional fresh flowers that really reminded me of the one in the painting. My original plan for the shoot was to go for an old-fashioned aesthetic with golden colours. Unfortunately, at the last minute I had to change everything and found myself shooting on a really cold, rainy day so the colors of the flowers in the original painting ended up setting the tone for the entire shoot.”

Be the girl in a beautiful dress lying in a bush in the middle of the street searching for beautiful flowers________.
Adi:“I’ve always loved taking pictures. In the beginning, I liked capturing things I thought were beautiful like the flowers in my garden. Later on, I photographed people on the streets and also friends – it became a great hobby for me but it wasn’t until three years ago that it turned into an all-consuming passion. My life had hit quite a low point back then and I started experimenting with self-portraits. It was a kind of therapy: putting myself both in front and behind the camera at the same time allowed me to grow and understand photography. Since then, my style and skill have developed and I no longer take self-portraits for all kind of reasons. Besides shooting outdoors and with natural light, I love having elements of nature in my images; you can find leaves or flowers in almost all of my photographs. Their beauty and colours are a huge inspiration to me. The funny thing is, I get asked all the time where shoot and where I find such blooming, colorful places? People assume I travel to some special place filled with flowers but actually most of my images are taken in the middle of the street, behind parking lots or even construction sites! We are so used to see things in front of us every single day that we don’t think of them as anything special. We’re used to ordinary flowers, the plain, old bush growing right outside our window that we take it for granted and no longer see the beauty in it. I love finding those simple-looking bushes in the most ordinary of places and capturing their beauty. Although most people who pass by can’t understand why there’s a girl in a dress lying in a bush in the middle of the street, I find it special________.”
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Flowers

Gerbera's
Chrysanthemums
Field mustard

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Styling
Adi Dekel