Impressionist flowers: the innovative Still lifes of artist Michael Lang
Still Lifes are one of the most frequent subjects in art. They were first painted during the Middle Ages and since then appeared recurringly in different shapes in every artistic movement. It’s clear to everybody that it’s very hard to make a bunch of flowers attractive, due to the stereotypical image that would invaribly emerge from the canvas. However, there are still some talented artists who can create a piece of art reusing the old. Michael Lang is certainly one of those.
Michael Jules Lang has a strident interest for painting flowers in vases, because as he says it is “very rewarding”. His Still Lifes are extremely fascinating, an interesting mixture of the traditional and the modern at the same time, which reveals the artist’s skill of presenting the oldest genre in an innovative way; the realistic evidence of the subject is rendered by the use of an Impressionistic style. The influence of Renoir’s flower technique is undeniable, but Lang still has his own, with wide brushstrokes and a careful selection of colours and use of light.
Using the words of the artist: “I like the contrasts of organic and geometric forms, of softness and hardness, and of translucency and transparency or opaqueness” and this is clearly shown in his works. His preference for oil as a medium is a well-considered choice since it allows him to express a multitude of shades and give pressence to the image. Lang proves he knows how to handle this technique, creating such powerful and totally new versions of beautiful flowers in vases.
Top: Michael Lang, Flowers At The Window, oil on canvas, 40x30cm
Right: Michael Lang, Peonies in Lacquer Vase, oil on canvas, 40x30cm
Bottom: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Flowers in a Vase, oil on canvas, 40x30cm