Chrysanthemum

Twigs Way

Chrysanthemum

Twigs Way

Distributed for Reaktion Books

216 pages | 100 color plates | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $27.00 ISBN: 9781789142051 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Drawing its allure from the gold of the sun and the rule of the emperors, the chrysanthemum winds its way through ancient Chinese culture into the gardens of French impressionist painters and onto the pages of American novels. The flower signifies both life and death, as parts of Europe associate it with mourning while others celebrate it for its golden rays that light the autumnal gloom. In this fascinating book, Twigs Way follows the fortunes of the flower through philosophy, art, literature, and death, recounting the stories of the men and women who became captivated by this extraordinary bloom. With a range of vibrant illustrations, including works by Hiroshige, Monet, and Mondrian, Chrysanthemum will captivate lovers of art, flowers, history, and culture.
Contents
Introduction 1 The Honourable and Imperial Flower 2 Smuggling Tea and Chrysanthemums 3 Gathering the Harvest in Societies and Shows 4 In Peace and in War 5 An Impression of Chrysanthemums 6 A Literary Bouquet 7 Meaningful and Useful: A Plethora of Chrysanthemums Timeline References Further Reading Associations and Websites Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index
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