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ICYMI: Can’t wait for spring?

March 13th, 2017

Pierre Auguste Renoir. Le concert, 1918 1919. Oil on canvas, 75.6 x 92.7 cm . Gift of Reuben Wells Leonard Estate, 1954. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario

Don’t let the late winter greys get you down! Instead get ready to turn over a new leaf and let your passion for florals shine. Inspired by our upcoming Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition, we’ve decided to devote our introductory courses to flowers, greenery, and plant life. Not sure where to start? Try Introduction to Everything: Flowers as it covers the gamut in art-making. There are also specific classes for Watercolours, Printmaking, and Drawing if you want to hone your skills in a particular form.

Need a quick hit of spring? Flowers and plants have a long history of fascinating artists and inspiring art, so we thought we’d share some of our favourites from the AGO Collection. Get inspired as we delve into all things botanical.

Pieter Hardimé. Floral Still Life, date unknown. Oil on canvas, 118 x 88 cm. Given in memory of Arthur Leonard Bishop and his wife Mary, 1986. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario

Laura Muntz Lyall. Oriental Poppies, c. 1915. Oil on canvas, 96.8 x 72.1 cm. Gift from the Reuben and Kate Leonard Canadian Fund, 1926. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario

Susanna Moodie. Wild Flowers, 1883. Watercolour on paper, 21.3 x 16.5 cm. Gift of Miss Elizabeth Parkes, 1923. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario

Tom Thomson. Marguerites, Wood Lilies and Vetch, 1915 Summer. Oil on wood, 21.4 x 26.8 cm. Gift from the Albert H. Robson Memorial Subscription Fund, 1941. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario

Gaines Ruger Donoho. A Garden, 1911. Oil on canvas, 76.3 x 91.6 cm. Gift of the Canadian National Exhibition Association, 1965. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario

Abel Boulineau. Aix les Bains the bouquet seller, c. 1910. Gelatin silver printing out paper. Anonymous Gift, 2005. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario

Learn more about the AGO courses and workshops here. Don’t forget our AGO Members get a discount on all courses so make sure you’re membership is up to date or sign up to be a member here.

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