Artists’ interpretations of Spring

Artists' interpretation of Spring
Artists' interpretation of Spring

A few paintings of Spring to mark the Vernal Equinox, and for those in the Southern Hemisphere, I’ve included Arthur Streeton’s Autumn (images above, bottom), to celebrate their oncoming season.

The inclusion of JW Waterhouse’s Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May (images above, second from bottom) prompted me to include the relevant verse from Robert Herrick’s poem To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, which was the inspiration for the painting, as well as a Chinese poem, The Gold-threaded Robe by Du Quiniang, that I think expresses the same sentiment even more succinctly.


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

-Robert Herrick


Covet not a gold-threaded robe,
Cherish only your young days!
If a bud open, gather it —
Lest you but wait for an empty bough.

-Du Quiniang


(images above, links are to my posts: Vincent van Gogh, Frits Thaulow, Kawai Gyokudō, Julian Onderdonk, John Sloan, Alfons Mucha, Claude Monet, Kawase Hasui, Gustaf Fjaestad, Camille Pissarro, JW Waterhouse, Arthur Streeton)

8 Replies to “Artists’ interpretations of Spring”

  1. Keep up the good work Charley. Your blog is appreciated even if you don’t hear it very much.

  2. Wonderful selections, Charley!

    Of these, Frits Thaulow is usually my favorite, with his mastery of capturing water in paint, but the Gustaf Fjaestad is so perfectly spring; depicting rain drops on the water, and combining the colors of last year’s grasses with the new, spring green, sprout. And, he’s another artist I had never heard of until now.

    Thank you once again.

  3. Is the pond’s edge (?) with first flowers, breathing moist spring air -by Gustaf Fjaestad?
    That’s my favorite.
    Thank you, Charley

  4. Nice selection Charlie!

    Is the second last a Rosetti?

    I’m trying to draw like that using a course i bought online for the price of a couple of brushes, it resembles a little the fine lines in the portraits. Anyway if anyone’s interested in checking it out here’s the link
    Have a great day everyone!

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