#4 PlantsHistoric Beauty

Philosophical
 beauty

Three exciting interpretations of an antique Swedish masterpiece specially created for The Green Gallery. Look, enjoy and lose yourself in their natural beauty_______.

Portrait of a Lady in Pink, Einar Jolin, 1939

Einar said about his own work: “Nature is fabulous when it’s seen and understood by a great person, and a great person always sees and feels something special in nature, something that they want to reproduce. My art is an expression of what I see when I concentrate and immerse myself in the world around me. People have given everything that surrounds them in life a name, finding it all so self-evident that they no longer see its wonder. For me, art means giving form to the wonders of creation, creating beauty and harmony, being able to lift a receptive observer from the trivial everyday life to the beautiful and impenetrable among which we live. If I succeed in that, my life will not have been lived in vain.”

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Einar Jolin

Einar Jolin (7 August 1890 – 29 August 1976) was an artist known for his decorative and somewhat naive expressionist style. He was a mild-mannered though somewhat pretentious guardian of artistic purity, of simple lines and clear spaces, and a poet of gentle shapes. He went against the grain. Einar Jolin's artistic trademark arose from his lifelong veneration of beauty; he sought and found it in landscapes, plants, flowers, animals, women, materials and above all, in the beauty of nature.

Portrait of a Lady in Pink (Einar Jolin, 1939)

@_ofresia

“My work is based on the relationship between photography and painting, and paintings have always been my greatest source of inspiration. My job is to translate the painting into the photograph, recreating the composition and the colours. That’s why I was very happy to be inspired by the painting ‘Portrait of a lady in pink’ from Einar Jolin. I loved it. At first I tried to be faithful to the original, however later on I introduced the use of mirrors and in postproduction created digital collages.”

Monia Merlo

@_ofresia

Born in 1970 in a small town near to Venice, Italy. Her photos find inspiration in literature, poetry, nature and her most inner feelings. They are means of creation, research and the development of work which undergoes a constant evolution, as well as being a way to represent - through fragile feminine bodies - the artist's search for herself.
Her work is represented by Art + Commerce New York and Sakura Gallery in Paris.

‘I LIKE TO THINK THAT THE WOMEN OF MY PHOTOGRAPHS LIVE IN A ‘SECRET GARDEN’ OF THEIR OWN.’

Secret gardens

Secret gardens
“I learned to love the gardens, their changing beauty, shimmering in the rhythm of the seasons. I am fascinated by the nature of the garden, which surrounds and protects from the outside. It preserves. You enter into a garden with silence and respect, aware that it should not be stepped on, that flowers are not to be uprooted. A garden is a space of silent contemplation, almost a sacred place. I like to think that the women of my photographs live in a ‘Secret Garden’ of their own, a protected and enclosed space, which we can only approach with care and patience. It takes patience and care for the women I portray to talk about themselves. They don’t exhibit their feelings, but prefer instead to barely whisper them, between the shadows and the light, they let those feelings be glimpsed in the silent play of leaves and flowers. I like to use flowers and plants in my photography, their delicate structure allowing me to hint at the inner world of my protagonists. Even when the garden is not there, it can erupt from within, almost like a flower that suddenly materializes on the body of my slender muses. The mental place where they feel safe blossoms in the physical space inhabited by their bodies_______.”

My favorite plants

“There are many plants that I love, but my favorite is certainly the peony: fragile, delicate and elegant, it reminds me of my muse and I love it because it is a symbol of transience. Among my favorite flowers are roses, I grow them in my garden.”

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Plants

Monstera
Peony

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Concept
Monia Merlo

Video
Ricoproduct

Hair & makeup
Ilvaria Baggio

Model
Beatrice Slaviero

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Concept
Monia Merlo

Video
Ricoproduct

Hair & makeup
Ilvaria Baggio

Model
Beatrice Slaviero

Plants

Monstera
Peony

Portrait of a Lady in Pink (Einar Jolin, 1939)

@hugo_thomassen

Hugo: “The painting by Einar Jolin (Portrait of a Lady in Pink) is a painting with little depth but a beautifully subtle structure. We have translated this image into four contemporary interpretations using flowers and foliage that were popular in the 1930s as a backdrop. The subtle structure, the delicate colours and the fashion from the Thirties (such as the puff sleeves and the small standing collar) were important elements in terms of the styling. We also echoed the light paint streaks on the woman’s face in the make-up. This is a contemporary portrait with all the characteristics of the original painting.”

Hugo Thomassen

@hugo_thomassen

Hugo Thomassen studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht. He has been working as a freelance photographer specialising in art, fashion and portrait photography since 2001. He is inspired and fascinated by form and light. With Maastricht as his base, he works with stylist Miranda Reijnders and make-up artist Arika Nuijten for national and international magazines and brands.

THERE, INSIDE THE GARDEN THEY KISSED AND THE SUN ROSE AND HE WALKED A LITTLE FURTHER AND HE FOUND HE WAS ALONE

The Garden / PJ Harvey

Love of greenery

Hugo: “We moved to Maastricht five years ago, looking for a house with a garden – something that’s hard to find in a city. A friend tipped us off about a house just outside Maastricht, close to Vaeshartelt castle, the country estate of the Ragout family. That was the setting for our future home: a forested area and a wide avenue with trees. Before we’d even seen the house, we felt that everything was going to turn out perfectly and that’s exactly what happened. A fantastic house with a large garden overlooking the Vaeshartelt vineyards. It’s a cliché but true - we feel like we're living the dream. Every day we walk our dogs on the Vaeshartelt estate with its ancient lime, horse chestnut and beech trees. They tower high in the sky, and in the spring wildflowers and shrubs bloom around them. It’s a glorious sight and the perfect setting to enjoy the changing seasonal light.”

Favourite plant

Magnolia
Peony Sarah Bernardt

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Cast of plants

Monstera
Peony Sarah Bernardt
Hydrangea microphyla
Rose
Hydrangea
Dianthus
Alchemilla
Viburnum
Asclepia

Photography and creative direction
Hugo Thomassen

Styling, hair and make-up
Miranda Reijnders Erika Nuijten for Shu Uemura @Angeliquehoorn Management

Model
PienSwart @Touchemodels

Flowers and foliage
PierreVeugen @DeRozengaard

Text
Adrienne Peters en Rosanne Loffeld

Photography and creative direction
Hugo Thomassen

Styling, hair and make-up
Miranda Reijnders Erika Nuijten for Shu Uemura @Angeliquehoorn Management

Model
PienSwart @Touchemodels

Flowers and foliage
PierreVeugen @DeRozengaard

Text
Adrienne Peters en Rosanne Loffeld

Cast of plants

Monstera
Peony Sarah Bernardt
Hydrangea microphyla
Rose
Hydrangea
Dianthus
Alchemilla
Viburnum
Asclepia

Portrait of a Lady in Pink (Einar Jolin, 1939)

@saarmanche

Saar: “The title of the painting is ‘lady in pink’. I photographed my daughter, who’s at an age where she’s no longer a child but not yet a woman either. A stage of life which is utterly intriguing. The red lipstick accentuates this tension. <br/>In the background I created a pattern of exotic leaves like wallpaper from the 1930s. I’ve sought to reflect the tension between the everyday (familiar) and the exotic (unfamiliar) in the painting, through the tension of being a child (familiar) on the way to adulthood (unfamiliar).”

Saar Manche

@saarmanche

Saare Manche works as a photographer and illustrator, and lives in The Hague. She studied History and Museum Studies, but is now doing what she always loved the most: capturing small and remarkable moments in daily life through photos and illustrations for her blog saarmanche.nl.

Saar: “The title of the painting is ‘lady in pink’. I photographed my daughter, who’s at an age where she’s no longer a child but not yet a woman either. A stage of life which is utterly intriguing. The red lipstick accentuates this tension. <br/>In the background I created a pattern of exotic leaves like wallpaper from the 1930s. I’ve sought to reflect the tension between the everyday (familiar) and the exotic (unfamiliar) in the painting, through the tension of being a child (familiar) on the way to adulthood (unfamiliar).”

“The Swiss cheese plant is a reminder of the past for me - we have one in the living room.”

“My mother (also an illustrator) was a great admirer of Carl Larsson and our home had the same atmosphere, full of murals of plants and flowers. At the age of 16 I painted my first mural in my bedroom: a grapevine which climbed up the corner and over the door.
There were always a lot of plants in the house, from which cuttings were taken. They have always had a decorative value for me, and the feeling of life in a quiet space. That’s why you often see plants in my illustrations. I like peace and serenity in illustrations, but they shouldn’t feel ‘dead’; the use of plants brings them to life.
Nowadays I also have a lot of plants in my home which are there to reflect memories or a particular mood. For example, after our trip through California I bought a big cactus to remind me of the emptiness of the desert. The Swiss cheese plant is a reminder of the past for me - we had one in the living room.
Plants bring life, calm and atmosphere to a home. They need to be looked after, and watering the plants is a restful activity. My youngest child particularly likes helping with that. and as I write this, I see picture it in my mind. A child watering the plants: the pose, the concentration. A new illustration?”

My favourite plant

“It’s difficult to choose…
The Monstera for its robustness
The Ficus rubber plant for the colour and calm
The Hydrangea for the colour, in the garden
The Palm for the atmosphere of exotic travel”

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Plants

Monstera
Ficus elastica
Pachira
Palm leaves

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Saar Manche

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Saar Manche

Plants

Monstera
Ficus elastica
Pachira
Palm leaves