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Flora Magnifica: The Art of Flowers in Four Seasons (Hardcover)

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Flora Magnifica: The Art of Flowers in Four Seasons By Makoto Azuma, Shunsuke Shiinoki (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Makoto Azuma, Shunsuke Shiinoki (By (photographer))
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Dazzling, lush, and vibrant, Flora Magnifica is the result of a collaboration between floral artist Makoto Azuma and botanical photographer Shunsuke Shiinoki. Often evoking the opulence of a Dutch still-life floral but still clearly contemporary, these images are organized thematically by season. You will happily get lost in the layers of petals, unfurling fern fronds, and riots of color.

— S.B.


A tour de force, showcasing flowers in lush images that highlight the riotous colors and exuberant nature of their subject.

This sumptuous book is more than a reference work or a collection of beautiful flowers. It is the product of a longstanding symbiotic collaboration between renowned flower artist Makoto Azuma and botanical photographer Shunsuke Shiinoki. Working together, they have selected hundreds of plant species and arranged them in striking combinations that could never exist in the natural world, creating a unique, fantastical floral aesthetic.

The result is a series of dense, luxuriant images, rich in color and texture, in which nature and artifice are skillfully mingled. The book is organized thematically by season: the freshness and new life of spring, the exuberance and abundance of summer, the fading grandeur of fall, and the deepening shadows of winter. Recalling the opulent still-life paintings of the seventeenth century, the photographs not only capture the surface beauty of the flowers, but suggest the burgeoning life brimming within them as well as its transience.

From the delicate beauty of opening petals to the unfurling elegance of fern fronds, these gorgeous displays are vividly preserved in a stunning book that will enchant lovers of nature, photography, and art alike.

About the Author

Makoto Azuma is internationally renowned for his extraordinary botanical sculptures, which he has exhibited extensively in North America and Europe. He is the author of Flora Magnifica.

Shunsuke Shiinoki is a photographer and cofounder of the floral atelier Jardins des Fleurs.

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Blooming with technicolor vitality.
— O, The Oprah Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780500545003
ISBN-10: 0500545006
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English
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Last Updated At: 8/6/2022 06:50am