Manet's Flowers

In 1882, Manet became too ill to work on large compositions. He had to work seated and only for short sessions. In his last months, he worked on a series of sixteen exquisite paintings of floral bouquets – gifts from friends.

I've always loved and been inspired by these paintings because of their freshness and brilliance of technique. These are my attempts to capture something of that.

"Although we cannot fail to project sadness into these paintings and a sense of parting, they are without self pity. There is something debonaire about them – a hint of the corsage, the boutonniere, an evening out."

From: The Last Flowers of Manet by Robert Gordon and Andrew Forge