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The Splendor of Spring

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ―Pablo Neruda

Copy after Xuanzong (Chinese, born 1398, r. 1426–35). Spring Play in a Tang Garden, 18th century. Qing dynasty (1644–1911). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947 (47.18.9) #spring

Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). A View of Late Spring at Masaki, 1831. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936 (JP2459) #spring

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Roses, 1890. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1993, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1993.400.5) #spring

Vincent van Gogh | Roses | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Anonymous, French, 20th century. Frieze with Ornamental Bracket Holding a Vase with Floral Arrangement, ca. 1910–1929. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1964 (The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1964) #spring

Dirck van Rijswijck (Dutch, 1596–1679). Floral still-life, 1662. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, The Howard Bayne and Rogers Funds, 1986 (1986.21) #spring

Teisai Hokuba (Japanese, 1771–1844). Spring Rain Collection (Harusame shū), vol. 3: Sparrows and Dandelions, ca. 1820. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (JP2364) | The poems inscribed on the prints usually include felicitous imagery connected with spring, which in the lunar calendar begins on the first day of the first month. #spring

Yoshitarō Kamakura (Japanese). Butterflies and Cherry Blossoms, 20th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Takami Sugiura and Yoshitarō Kamakura, 1979 (1979.459.3) #spring

Edward Penfield (American, 1866–1925). HARPER'S / / MAY, 1899. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Museum Accession, transferred from the Library, 1957 (57.627.9(48)) #spring

Edward Penfield | HARPER'S / MAY | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Floral print, ca.1795. British. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of William Sloane Coffin, 1926 (26.265.103) #spring

Floral print | British | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919). Bouquet of Chrysanthemums, 1881. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (2003.20.10) | Renoir felt that he had greater freedom to experiment in still lifes than in figure paintings. "When I paint flowers, I feel free to try out tones and values and worry less about destroying the canvas". #spring

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Bouquet of Chrysanthemums

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Elsa Schiaparelli, (Italian, 1890–1973). Necklace, 1938. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1955 (2009.300.1236) | Most likely, Schiaparelli took inspiration from Botticelli's painting "Primavera," in particular his personification of the season in the goddess of spring Flora. #spring

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Necklace

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Lenox, Incorporated (established 1889). Design drawing of magnolia blossom of floral capital from loggia, Laurelton Hall, ca. 1900–15. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Lenox, Incorporated, 2006 (2006.428.5) #spring

Spring Trees and Grasses by a Stream, second half of the 17th century. Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1949 (49.35.2) | A glimpse of cherry blossoms in evanescent glory before they scatter on the stream marks the peak of spring, while kerria (mountain roses) in bloom on the far bank betoken its passing. #spring

Édouard Vuillard (French, Cuiseaux 1868–1940). Garden at Vaucresson, 1920; reworked 1926, 1935, 1936. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1952 (52.183) #spring

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Garden at Vaucresson

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Celebrate spring at the Met! Curator Rebecca Rabinow talks about nature in the Museum in this "Greenhouse" Connections episode. | Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926). Lilacs in a Window (Vase de Lilas a la Fenetre), ca. 1880–83. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Partial and Promised Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon, 1997 (997.207) #spring

John William Hill (American (born England), 1812–1879). Peach Blossoms, 1874. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Henry Hill, 1882 (82.9.5) #spring

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Peach Blossoms

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Edmund Henry Garrett (American, 1853–1929). Cottage Garden, Warwick, England. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart P. Feld, 1977 (1977.426) #spring

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Cottage Garden, Warwick, England

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Nidha Mal. Prince and Ladies in a Garden, mid-18th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2001 (2001.302) | Here, a prince and his consort smoke a huqqa, attended by ladies in the pleasant surroundings of a walled palace garden. #spring

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Prince and Ladies in a Garden

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Arnold Scaasi (American, 1931). Evening ensemble, spring/summer 1983. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1991 (2009.300.1063a, b) | The exuberance of the trimming completely subsumes the gown, transforming the woman who wore it into a walking bouquet of poppies. #spring

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Evening ensemble

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Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French, 1636–1699). Basket of Flowers from the Book of Several Baskets of Flowers, Designed and Engraved by Baptiste Monnoyer (Livre de Plusieurs Corbeilles de Fleurs dessiné et gravé par Baptiste Monnoyer), 17th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.61.2(48)) #spring

Georges Seurat (French, 1859–1891). The Gardener, 1882–83. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.102) #spring

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Gardener

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Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919). Still Life with Flowers and Prickly Pears, ca. 1885. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Catherine Vance Gaisman, 2010 (2010.454) #spring