Emperor's Pride- Chrysanthemum Flower Painting
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Title: Emperor's Pride
Medium: Original painting pastel- Now available as limited edition print
Size: 60x80cm (24"x31.5")
About this painting: While visiting RHS Wisley one Autumn, I came across giant chrysanthemums in the glasshouse. The blooms so big that they needed wire rings just to support each bloom. I got chatting with one of the gardeners & te meaning & history of the flower fascinated me.
First cultivated in China, the chrysanthemum holds deep cultural significance, used as the official seal for the most important documents in Japan & as the symbol for the Supreme order in the military, awarded as the most prestigious honour.
I was also told that these giant sized blooms were bred for the Emperor & no one but he was permitted to own them. They were held in high esteem & value & thought to possess the highest level of Yang energy, expressing strong Vibrant energy through bright colour. It is considered a masculine energy which is expanding, active, energetic from the sun. It is an energy which provides the balance to the softer feminine energy & one , which even as women, we need to create the strength & lift to create positivity in our lives.
The petals of Emperors pride were painted on a large scale & seem to turn & follow you around a room. It fills it's space with rising energy & warmth.