Sotheby's is selling this artwork in London on February 15. Their auction listing includes two figures with flowers, one traditional (by Ogata Korin) and one contemporary (by Jeff Koons), that have some bearing on the flowers that are such an essential part of Murakami's work. I personally think this work is better compared with the singing flowers in Walt Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" (1951).
Open Your Hands Wide, Embrace Happiness!
|Figure 1, Ogata Korin, Irises, c. 1700, Nezu Museum, Japan|
|Figure 2, Jeff Koons, Large Vase of Flowers, 1991|
The Garden of Live Flowers from Walt Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" (1951)http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/alice2d.html
|Sir John Tenniel, "Alice in the Garden of Live Flowers," from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1871.|
Note: Sir John Tenniel was last mentioned in my blog post on A Mad Tea Party, for some reason one of my most popular posts ever. I show how five different illustrators have handled Lewis Carroll's "A Mad Tea Party." Catch it here.
Has it really been four weeks since my last Disney post? What was I thinking? If you missed it, you can read it here.