n De Arte - Wounds of the soul : reflections on Inge Hyson's : research




Plant portraiture has never received good press, yet, perversely, the genre remains one of the most popular and therefore indispensable forms of visual art in the twenty-first century. Despite - or perhaps due to - its popularity, the depiction of plants is under-researched and undervalued by theorists and critics in the arts (Arnold 2001). Arguably, plant portraiture suffers from its inherent charm, its anthropomorphic qualities, and an uncomfortable association with popular ideas of happiness, loyalty and love, and their binary opposites, despair, betrayal and bereavement.


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