David Barnett (American, b. 1946)
Tulips, Hybrid, Hibiscus, Crane's Bill & Peonies (AP I/XXV), 2006
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Giclee print on watercolor paper after 2003 watercolor
21.75 x 30 in
‘Tulips, Hybrid, Hibiscus, Crane’s Bill & Peonies’ is an artist’s proof giclée print on watercolor paper after the 2003 original, signed by the artist in the lower right. Influenced by Post-Impressionists like Henri Matisse, Barnett’s work displays a deep appreciation for the constantly-evolving palette of watercolor and its ability to capture subtle changes in light and mood. ‘Tulips, Hybrid, Hibiscus, Crane’s Bill & Peonies’ overlooks a garden brimming with a variety of different flowers. The flowers range not only in type, but also in their stage of development: flowers near the top bloom upward in a brilliant array of saturated colors, while still unopened buds line the bottom of the print in more delicate hues. In suffusing the composition so thoroughly with floral life in all stages of development, Barnett has transformed the traditional floral still life into a fictive landscape where flowers are constantly in a state of bloom. Giclée print on watercolor paper after original 2003 watercolor AP I/XXV 21.75 x 30 inches, print 31.5 x 59.5 inches, frame Signed in lower right "AP I/XXV" written in lower left Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting, UF5 Plexiglas to inhibit fading, and housed in a gold finish wood moulding.