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Geometric Herb Garden, by Rosalind Wise (British, b. 1949)
“My mission is to capture time. Through painting I feel I can make the moment stand still, to make its beauty last,” says Rosalind Wise. She achieves this goal by creating fresh, lively, large-format paintings of gardens, meadows, wetlands, and other natural vistas. “The pleasure is in the view, taking it in visually, the whole picture of what is in front of me. And yet there is equal pleasure in looking at the plants, grasses, and flowers close up.”
Geometric Herb Garden was inspired by the knot garden at the Garden Museum, in London. The knot is a seventeenth-century-style garden designed by the Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury and planted in honor of John Tradescant the Elder and the Younger, gardeners to King Charles I. The garden as Wise has rendered it is bursting with herbs, creating a tapestry of color, texture, and pattern that highlights the geometry of the knot.
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