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"A substantial survey of how art and culture have interpreted the floral world."-The Financial Times, How to Spend It

"A new book from Phaidon examines [flowers'] rich symbolism, drawing on lush, visually striking images from several centuries of creative practice."-Aesthetica Magazine

"In normal times, visits to gardens, jaunts to discover those famous scenic landscapes and soaking up lush vistas are, of course, one of the highlights for travellers the world over. Flower takes its readers on a different journey - but a voyage nonetheless - across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and designers throughout history, from ancient Egypt to the modern day in New York, have depicted flowers and floral motifs."-Forbes

"Flower explores the origins of artists' and designers' affinity with blooms across continents and cultures."-Design Week

"Like life, the flower is fragile and temporary, but we can cherish the beauty of them all the more thanks to Flower."-Gardens Illustrated

"Celebrating the beauty and appeal of flowers throughout art, history, and culture, this volume takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and image-makers have employed floral motifs throughout history."-Publishers Weekly

"As deftly designed as it is readable, the volume uses flowers as eye candy, luring readers across time and continents to enjoy floral motifs."-360 West Magazine

"A substantial survey. "-The Financial Times - How to Spend It

"Absolutely a must-have in my library. The scope of floral artwork and the writing about it is mind-blowing."-Tiffanie Turner, artist, architect and author of The Fine Art of Paper Flowers

"Thematic and eclectic, Phaidon's Explorer books are a mine of knowledge, intelligence and beauty. Flower is no exception - the richness and thoroughness of the research in this new opus is breathtaking. Page after page, we stroll through a world of ever more wonderful flowers!"-Sacha Walckhoff, Designer and Christian Lacroix Creative Director

"...a unique look at flowers and how they have been represented throughout art, history and culture... the works are juxtaposed in pairs to create connections and contrasts. Such a delight."-Emilio Ruiz Mateo, Artistic Director of Festival Flora, Spain

"... a book of dreams for flower lovers."-Christin Geall, author of Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style

"Such an incredible array of treasures... it feels infinite."-Emily Thompson Flowers, New York

"A magnificent achievement ... the dedication to perfection shines through."-T. M. Glass, digital artist and photographer

"Glorious from cover to cover, a book I will return to again and again."-Cig Harvey, artist

"Full of inspirational flower images...a great resource for anyone who loves flowers. Definitely one for the Christmas list!"-Paula Pryke OBE, florist

"A poignant and visually stunning accomplishment, showing how artists have been so devoted and obsessed with our symbiotic relationship to flowers for generations. We don't always notice them but my word, we would be utterly lost without them. A glorious read."-Raphael Verrion, Head Florist, Soho House

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