Roses are so important in this collection of paintings from artist Clemence St. Laurent that they have their own page here. Since the rose has a long history with human civilization in several aspects, some bits of information and quotes are also presented.
THE WATERMARK ON THE PHOTOS DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE ACTUAL PAINTINGS.
The paintings that are available for sale can be enlarged by clicking on them. They can also be enlarged even more by clicking on the + sign on the image.
To enjoy the beauty of roses at their natural, you can visit this website: www.gardensoftheworld.net .
The artwork original titles in French are mentioned first, followed by an English title in brackets.
For easier viewing, the rose paintings have been classified according to whether they are sprays or in a vase. Furthermore, due to their number the collection of rose sprays is presented according to their color. Please click on your choice below:
PINK – Roses in literature
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Of all flowres methinks a rose is best
Shakespeare, The Two Noble Kinsmen
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose
Gertrude Stein, Sacred Emily
Interpreted to mean that things are what they are (Law of Identity)
Le Roman de la Rose is a huge poem (some 20,000 lines) of France’s 13th century on the Art of Love. Translated versions influenced writers in many countries.
O rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm
That flies in the night
In the howling storm
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
William Blake, The Sick Rose
The Rose being an emblem of England, it is often referred to in its literature, for example in Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll. But rose poetry dates back millennia.
Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you –
Modern version of a 1590 poem by Edmund Spencer, The Faerie Queene
RED – Rose offerings
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS –the practice of expressing personal sentiments with flowers, especially roses, apparently started in Europe in the 1700s.
Valentine Day dates back from the Roman era. It was a day to celebrate Christian martyrs.
Valentine began to be associated with courtly love by Geoffrey Chaucer in England’s 13th century. Then in the 1700s, lovers were presenting confectionery and greeting cards.
From England, Valentine traditions spread through many parts of the world, becoming more commercialized in the process.
YELLOW – perfumery and culinary uses
The Damask Rose is cultivated extensively for the perfume and the aromatherapy industries. Products are rose absolute, rose oil, and rose water.
Rose fragrance is also used for soaps and hand and body lotions.
Roses and their products are also used in foods. For example Turkish Delight is a dessert using rose water. Rose petals have a delicate flavor. Rose hips are rich in Vitamin C.
Roses were long cultivated by kings and other privileged people. They were also grown in monasteries for religious and medicinal purposes.
WHITE – Symbolism
The rose symbolizes love and beauty. It has been associated with many gods in ancient civilizations.
The WAR OF THE ROSES is named after a war between the House of York (White Rose) and the House of Lancaster (Red Rose), in 15th century England.
Some US states and one Canadian province have the rose as their flower emblem: Alberta (wild rose); Georgia (Cherokee rose); DC (American Beauty rose); North Dakota (wild prairie rose); and Iowa (pasture rose)
MIXED COLORS – More info
Most civilizations use flowers for religious occasions or gifts. Each flower and color has different attributes which can vary over time.
The first mention or illustration of roses date back some 5,000 years. Artist Clemence Saint-Laurent adds to this long tradition with her unique style of painting beautiful roses.
The oldest living rose is the ‘Thousand Year Rose‘ , a climbing dog rose on the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. It’s around 700 years old!
A BED OF ROSES: similar meaning to ‘la dolce vita’, i.e. life of ease and pleasure
NO ROSE WITHOUT A THORN: a pleasure comes with something to detract from it
UNDER THE ROSE: in strict confidence
GOLD-DIPPED ROSE: a technique for preserving roses with gold, to offer as a gift to a significant other
GOLDEN ROSE: a spray of roses made of gold, blessed by the pope and conferred to cities or churches for their services to the Catholic church
IN A VASE – Growing roses
Please click here to see roses in various gardens around the world.
Napoleon Ist’s wife, Josephine, developed vast gardens at the chateau of Malmaison, among them a large collection of roses.
The rose originated from Asia. There are today about 100 species of roses, but thousands of cultivars.
Roses interbreed easily but the results are not always predictable.
A ROSARIAN is an expert on roses, such as a breeder or a grower.
DAVID AUSTIN is a British rosarian, known for developing the English rose cultivars.
ROSES are classified according to different characteristics – growth habit, hybridization history, rusticity, color, old vs modern.
ROSE SOCIETIES have been instrumental in the selection of modern roses and their popularity in gardens all over the world.