Flower Meditation

“To make a painting representing things as they are found in nature . . . (I) put a great deal of thought into the arrangement, but with the idea of making it look like a natural arrangement of random objects. This is an idea that I have been mulling over a great deal: giving the appearance of a total lack of artistry.”

Henri Fantin-Latour
a painting of flowers.
Henri Fantin-Latour, Lilies and Pelargoniums in a White Vase, 1863, Carnegie Museum of Art, Purchase: bequest of Roy A. Hunt and gift of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Arthur Hunt

Make time to slow down today and enjoy a guided mediation on Henri Fantin-Latour’s Lilies and Pelargoniums in a White Vase.

Step-by-Step Meditation

Listen to Flower Meditation:


  1. Take a few moments to look at this work. Notice the arrangement of the flowers in the vase, each flower purposefully placed.
  2. Consider the composition as a whole, and the way each individual flower makes a natural arrangement. Observe the painting in as much detail as possible so that you can memorize the placement of each flower.
  3. Now, close your eyes and begin to imagine the flower arrangement in your mind’s eye.
  4. Visualize one single flower at a time. What color is the flower? What is the scent of the flower? Take a deep breath in and out as you imagine the smell of the flower.
  5. Continue like this, visualizing one flower at a time in the vase.
  6. If you can no longer remember the composition from the painting, you can create your own flower arrangement.
  7. Continue focusing your awareness on the color and smell of a single flower to create your own arrangement. Do this for as long as you wish in order to calm and steady the mind.

This work is on view in Scaife Gallery 6


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