Pink Hollyhock

Maud Naftel (1856-1890)


Watercolor illustration

Source: Naftel, Plate III

Alert, as ever, to texture, Naftel writes: "Bear in mind that to render accurately the texture of different leaves and flowers is one of the most difficult sections of flower-painting. In the present example it may be observed that the texture is thin, and almost transparent, and very much like crumpled tissue-paper, while the leaves are dull, and have a downy, woolly appearance when compared with the glossy look of those of the rose or camellia." "(23-25)

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