Friday, January 28, 2011

A Tulip Anthology by Ron Van Dongen

This exquisite new book produced by PQ Blackwell and published by Hachette brings together the remarkable photographs of tulips by Ron Van Dongen with words and artworks that the tulip flower has inspired over the last millennium. The book includes an intricate introduction by Anna Pavord. Placed on page 217 you will find my artwork Tulipa 'Blue Parrot' which is the only image of a contemporary botanical painting included in this jewell of a book. This work represents the year 2004 and is facing one of Ron Van Dongen's own monochrome photographs of the same cultivar. This anthology is sumptuous, erudite, and, kaleidoscopic in colour. Featuring a host of tulip images of all kinds, it is beautiful, with a rich depth of imagery. I have looked at this book again and again, simply because it surpasses most large format books of its kind, standing out as a classic monograph on this extraordinary species of flower that we all know so well.

A Tulip Anthology by Ron Van DongenISBN 978-0-7336-2654-8 Produced by PQ Blackwell