cloth, 142 pp., $60.00
Paper, 320 pp., $41.00
This volume is a celebration of the marriage of plant evolution and art. Eighty-four artists depict in 136 paintings the botanical relationships between plant forms as identified by the most recent research, such as DNA sequencing. In the introduction, distinguished botanist W. John Kress analyzes these evolutionary relationships and the current classification of major plant groups. Art expert Shirley Sherwood (who selected the art) describes the backgrounds of individual artists and the significance of each beautiful painting.
Paper, 218 pp., $19.95
Marianne North was the Victorian ‘Wonder Woman.’ Beginning in 1871, for 15 years after her father’s death, she traveled alone, visiting continents, staying with friends, using every possible type of transportation — steamer, rowboat, horseback, rickshaw, and donkey — to examine indigenous plants in their natural settings or in botanic gardens. She created paintings of many plants that she viewed on her travels. Marianne seemed to have supernatural strength to overcome the hardships of travel.
decorated boards, 96 pp., ISBN 978–0–711–23361–4, $19.95
Flower is a book to be cherished by those who love gardens, flowers, and the artists who gave us great paintings of them. The author selected 40 of her favorite flower paintings in approximately historical order, one painting per page—that is one of the great treats of the book.