The simple pleasure of flowers

Mary Cassatt usually avoided painting flowers.

“She avoided a genre in which many female artists historically had been confined,” explained the words next to her painting in a exhibit called “Bouquets” at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Her painting was beautiful and so were the many other colorful paintings in the exhibit. All of them gave proof to Redon’s words that were displayed at the end of the exhibit.

“I do not know of anything that has given me greater pleasure than such an appreciation of simple flowers in their vase breathing the air,” he said.

It’s too bad that Mary Cassatt avoided painting flowers—but I’m sure she appreciated their beauty as much as Redon.

Fayteen and I love flowers. We are going to enjoy the simple pleasure of flowers this Valentine’s Day. If no one gives us flowers, we’ll buy some for ourselves!
–Joy

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