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Artwork of the Week

Artwork of the Week: May 8, 2023

Flower Garden

John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), 'The Flower Garden', c.1900, oil on canvas, 27 x 22 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.

Consider the gorgeous spring green, one such as you’ve never experienced in nature. The foreground is a verdigris pea-soup sprinkled with meadow blooms conforming to the color scheme of the other flowers. Then, halfway through the garden, unmitigated sunshine creates a paler chartreus that is sunnier and more active. Or is there a canine to the far right—a golden hound with a black nose otherwise obscured in the foliage? See it, this fido? I’m not sure either.