[Note: When I went online to find a representation of Redon's "White vase with Flowers," I discovered that Redon painted quite a few vases with flowers, so I decided to include several of them]
When Redon took a vase with flowers
To paint a masterpiece,
The beauty was yet twice removed
From nature’s morning light.
The first removal came from hands
That gathered luscious blooms.
And placed them all together in
A finely crafted vase.
The second move from nature came
When pigment plied the hues
To tell the beauty of the flower
Within a stilted frame.
The artist’s brush preserves in time
The flower’s transient form.
How many years will eyes behold
Such beauty in a glance?
Yet can we truly represent
The grace of flowered fields?
Will paint and brush and careful hands
Replace what nature brings?
Consider now the lily’s bloom
So fair upon the hills.
It lasts for just one season’s growth
Yet fills the heart with joy.
Image at bottom: White Vase with Flowers at Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
Artist: Odilon Redon (1840 - 1916)
Medium: Pastel on paper