Dahlias by Vladimir Tretchikoff




Vladimir Tretchikoff

Ref GM1699
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 16" x 32" (40 x 81 cm)
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Tretchikoff’s main influence was simply the beauty he saw, he lived his life from vision. His grandfather held a strong belief that flowers had feelings and this was Tretchikoff’s main inspiration for his paintings of flowers. It is no doubt that his extensive Asian upbringing and early life living in Singapore and Japan influenced his colour palette and choice of flowers, although this Dahlias, were discovered in Mexico in the eighteenth century. It is more specifically a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico, The stems are leafy, ranging in height from 12” upwards. Tretchikoff enhances the painting's exoticism by giving his flowers an Eastern setting. In this impressive treatment of a group of Dahlias, Tretchikoff has combined two extreme techniques; those of brush and impasto. This particular technique - half painting, half modelling - is Tretchikoff's own. Tretchikoff’s still life paintings such as this one appealed to the affluent due to the “the exotic nature” and “pure romanticism” of his portraits. His portraits were just as exotically colourful and elegantly structured as his famous portraits of Asian.