April 28 Appetite for Art: A Pinch of Flower
Gallery talk will be availalbe online at 11:30 am.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event has been changed. Joslyn Art Museum invites you to listen to an 11-minute online gallery talk available here on April 28. 

Satisfy your craving for delicious art, fine food, and great conversation by registering today for Appetite for Art!

Join Joslyn curators on select Tuesdays from September through April for stimulating gallery talks and delicious lunches inspired by Joslyn’s most tasty masterpieces! All lectures begin at 11:30 am in the galleries followed by lunch at noon in the beautiful Storz Fountain Court. Space is limited and advance reservations are required five days prior to the event. Ticket price per event includes sales tax: $38 Joslyn Members; $45 for the general public. A special lecture-only ticket is available for $10. Docents are admitted to gallery talks free of charge.

For more information, or for assistance registering, contact Director of Adult Programs Susie Severson at (402) 661-3862 or email.

A Pinch of Flower presented by Taylor J. Acosta, Ph.D., Associate Curator of European Art

Maria van Oosterwyck (Dutch, 1630-1693), Still Life of Flowers in a Glass Vase, about 1685, oil on canvas, Museum purchase with funds from the Ethel S. Abbott Art Endowment Fund and the General Art Endowment Fund, 2019.4

Maria van Oosterwyck, one of the few female painters active in Holland in the seventeenth century, was a master of the floral still life. She enjoyed great success in her lifetime and counted King Louis XIV of France and King William III of England among her patrons. Her elegant floral arrangements set against dark backgrounds were especially admired for their diversity of flora, and it is likely she kept a portfolio of flower studies that she employed in various combinations in her paintings. This bouquet consists of roses, tulips, hollyhock, columbine, and larkspur in a modest glass vase. Butterflies, a bumblebee, and other insects settle on the blossoms and assorted shells are displayed on a marble ledge inscribed with the artist’s name. Flower paintings were very popular in the Netherlands at a time when owning rare, imported species of tulips became a status symbol. With flowers in different states of bloom and decay, the paintings also served as reminders of the transitory nature of life.

CLICK HERE for a special Dutch inspired dessert from Abraham Catering!

Joslyn's Adult programs are generously supported by Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation, Holland Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Omaha Steaks, Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation, Streck.

See you next next season at Appetite for Art!