Inspiration: “Sunflowers” by Olga Boznanska

"Sunflower" by Olga Boznańska
“Sunflower” by Olga Boznańska

“Sunflowers” is a pastel on paper portrait of a young girl. It was created by Olga Boznańska in 1891. Alternative titles include “Sunflower” and “Girl With Sunflower.” Boznańska (April 15, 1865 – October 26, 1940) was Polish, but achieved fame throughout the Western world, especially Europe.

 

Inspiration: “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May” by John William Waterhouse

The painting "Gather Ye Rosebuds" by John William Waterhouse
“Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May” by John William Waterhouse

“Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May” is a painting by British Pre-Raphaelite artist, John William Waterhouse. It was the second of two paintings inspired by the 17th century poem “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick which begins:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.

The artwork was valued at $1.75-2.5 million by Sotheby’s prior to auction in April 2007, although the painting went unsold.

Lost for nearly a century, this painting was in an old Canadian farmhouse bought by a couple who requested the painting stay with the house because “It looked nice on the wall.” They had no idea of its worth. When they took it to an art dealer to be appraised nearly 30 years later, he “nearly fell off his chair.” Nobody knows how the painting ended up in the Canadian farmhouse. Source: Wikipedia.

“Gather Ye Rosebuds” was painted in 1909. It is oil on canvas and its size is 100 cm × 83 cm (39.5 in × 32.5 in).