Sunday, December 18, 2011

Color Files: Dark background florals

I'm not usually a big florals person, but I do love black background Dutch master floral paintings.  Many florals can be tacky, in my opinion.  Too overtly cheerful or country cottage for my tastes.  But these beauties are moody, dramatic and even a bit somber.  I love the sharp contrast between the brightly colored flowers and the surround and the level of detail in the painting of the flowers.

This area rug evokes some of what I like about these paintings - the drama, the dark background with bright highlights and rich colors.  Ivanovo by Taiping.

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