I met colors, flowers, and art while walking along the corridors of the beautiful exhibition named Bouquets To Art in the de Young Museum, one of the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco. Bouquets to Art is an annual floral exhibition hosted by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco around June. Florists, designers, and garden clubs are invited to present floral interpretations of works in the museums’ permanent collections, and the floral displays are presented in juxtaposition with the works that inspired them.

During my visit, I saw how the vibrant and radiant flower bouquets breathed new life into the paintings inside the museum and transformed the whole ambiance into an art piece. When two forms of art juxtapose, the result is nothing but beauty and wonder. If you admire art and if you love dwelling in the medicinal air of beauty then visit the de Young Museum in San Francisco and lose yourself in the sea of beauty. Book tickets for de Young and spend a beautiful weekend away from the mundane. Explore. Cultivate Inspiration. Live! But for now, let me take you away for a few minutes to a world where flowers paid homage to paintings. Come along!

Vibrant and radiant flower bouquets breathed new life into the paintings inside the museum and transformed the whole ambiance into an art piece. Click To Tweet

Bouquets To Art

Now are the days of language that fixes everything quickly; there are emojis for nearly every emotion! But if we look a few decades back, then one extraordinary and popular means of communication was flowers; we used to speak and understand the language of flowers. Just a single red rose was enough to convey a thousand thoughts to your better half and a host of golden daffodils rekindled William Wordsworth! Given a choice, I would prefer the language of flowers over emojis. So when I heard about this exhibition I went and got lost amidst bouquets. Here is a photo essay for you all.

Now are the days of language that fixes everything quickly; there are emojis for nearly every emotion! But if we look a few decades back, then one extraordinary and popular means of communication was flowers Click To Tweet

When art blooms in San Francisco – A photo essay!

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

A picture is a poem without words ~ Horace

Tip: Since the de Young Memorial Museum is located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, you can indulge in a Segway tour. See many of the highlights in the park including the Japanese Tea Garden, the Music Concourse, the National Aids Memorial,  and the California Academy of Sciences. A lovely activity for a weekend. Book your tickets in advance to skip the line. 

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds                                    ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics ~Victor Pinchuk

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for ~ Georgia O’Keeffe



Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap. ~Marcel Duchamp

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

The work of art is a scream of freedom. ~ Christo

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see ~ Edgar Degas

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is              ~ Jackson Pollock

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject, you cannot do it by not being lost yourself ~ Dorothea Lange

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them
~ Jackson Pollock

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain ~ Christo 

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable ~ Robert Henri

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

Everything you can imagine is real.- Pablo Picasso



Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still ~ Dorothea Lange

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

I thought I would be understood without words  ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Bouquets To Art - When art blooms in San Francisco, Travel Realizations

The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act ~ Marcel Duchamp

When two forms of art juxtapose, the result is nothing but beauty and wonder. Click To Tweet

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Nowadays we are so accustomed to our candy-colored icons inside the phone that sometimes we often forget to see around. But believe me, flowers are flowers. It refreshes us and our soul blooms. Let me finish this post with some lines of a poem by Dinah Craik

My dainty flower, my innocent white flower
With such a pure smile looking up to heaven,
With such a bright smile looking down on me–
(Nothing but smiles–as if in all the world
Were no such things as thunderstorms or frosts,
Or broken petals trampled on the ground,
Or shivering leaves whirled in the wintry air
Like ghosts of last year’s joys:)–my pretty flower,
I’ll pluck thee–smiling too. Not one salt drop
Shall stain thee:–if these foolish eyes are dim,
‘Tis only with a wondering thankfulness
That they behold such beauty and such peace,
Such wisdom and such sweetness, in God’s world.

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Chirasree Banerjee

Hello. My name is Chirasree. I have been traveling for almost 11 years to places all over the world. I enter into a separate reality during my travels and enjoy the allure of escape from the mundane. I seek beauty through nature and human-made creations. Because beauty is powerful. I seek knowledge. I observe, absorb, and write about the places I visit and the profound realizations and inspirations that each place has to offer.