Impressionism is characterized by a focus on capturing the impression (hence the name) of a subject, rather than an exact copy more in line with realism. Impressionists experimented with capturing the way light affects what we see. And flowers are a common impressionist subject, but why chrysanthemums in particular?
Beyond his invaluable contributions to impressionist art, Claude Monet has gone on to become one of the most famous artists of all time. And his favorite muse, flowers, went along with him for every step of the journey.
Like countless artists before her, Beyoncé has often used flowers to enhance and underline her message. In the video announcing The Formation World Tour, she held an orchid in her mouth. Orchids are also traditionally associated with fertility and sexuality. In fact, the name is derived from the Greek word “orkhis,” the word for the male sexual organs that Greek botanist Theophrastos thought the flower resembled.