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Drawing from life : Maud H. Purdy and 90 years of women artists at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Author: Patricia Jonas; Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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A century ago it was fashionable for young women to collect and paint plants as a sort of genteel parlor skill. Some singularly talented women became professiionals, but their contributiosn to both art and botany have remained nearly invisble. The exhibition "Drawing from life" features the work of 14 women botanical artists, from the first decades of the 20th century to the present, focusing on the forgotten art of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Named Person: Maud H Purdy; Maud H Purdy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Jonas; Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
ISBN: 1889538396 9781889538396
OCLC Number: 173316957
Notes: Catalog accompanying the exhibition of the same name at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sept. 15-Nov. 11, 2007.
Description: 64 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword: Ninety years of women artists at BBG / Scot Medbury --
The "best botany illustrator in America" --
Studying irises --
Heritage crabapples --
The nexus of botany and art --
Form and color (The magnolia and tea families ; Pitchers and other carnivores) --
Flowers and material culture.
Other Titles: Maud H. Purdy and 90 years of women artists at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Responsibility: Patricia Jonas.

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A century ago it was fashionable for young women to collect and paint plants as a sort of genteel parlor skill. Some singularly talented women became professiionals, but their contributiosn to both art and botany have remained nearly invisble. The exhibition "Drawing from life" features the work of 14 women botanical artists, from the first decades of the 20th century to the present, focusing on the forgotten art of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's staff artist for 32 years, Maud H. Purdy. Side by side, these ... works reveal how established conventions of botanical art are shaped both by fashions of the times and individual artistic visions. Paintings, scientific illustrations, herbarium specimens, preparatory sketches, and objects of material culture explore the boundaries between art, science and craft and invite us to see plants with fresh eyes."--Back cover.

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