“Taraxacum officinale, the dandelion or common dandelion, is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant, well known for its yellow flower heads that turn into round balls of silver-tufted fruits that disperse in the wind.
The common dandelion grows in temperate regions of the world in areas with moist soils. It is most often considered a weed, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but the leaves, flowers, and roots are sometimes used in herbal medicine and as food.”
O dandelion, rich and haughty,
King of village flowers!
Each day is coronation time,
You have no humble hours.
I like to see you bring a troop
To beat the blue-grass spears,
To scorn the lawn-mower that would be
Like fate’s triumphant shears.
Your yellow heads are cut away,
It seems your reign is o’er.
By noon you raise a sea of stars
More golden than before.
~Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/vachel-lindsay
10. Happy, Happy It Is To Be, illustration by Dorothy Pulis Lathrop (1891-1980)
From Walter de la Mare’s Down-Adown-Derry, published 1922, Constable & Co. Ltd, London
11. “Certainly, I am a little wild,” remarked Danny Dandelion, illustration by T. Benjamin Faucett (1884-1966)
From Frolicsome Flowers:They See the Wonderful Rajah Rug, written and illustrated by
T. Benjamin Faucett, published 1924, A. L. Burt, New York
12. The Dandelion (Study for Hide-and-Seek), 1939, by Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)
Gouache and watercolor on colored paper / Museum of Modern Art, NYC
13. Une Costume ‘Pisenlit’ pour le ballet ‘Tristan Fou, 1944, by Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
Mixed media and collage on paper / Private collection
15. Dandelions, 1985, by Yayoi Kusama (born 1929)
Lithograph / Edition of 100, Various collections
16. Dandelion Floor Lamp, 2003, by Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti
Varnished sheet metal and polycarbonate / Museum of Modern Art, NYC
17. Dandelion Eye, 2009, by Sylvia Fein (born 1919)
Egg tempera on board / Collection of the artist
18. Dandelions, 2011, by David Hockney (born 1937)
iPad drawing printed on paper / Archeus/Post-Modern Ltd., London, UK
Monday, January 16th: Dandelions in Art, Part 1 of 2