Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom – Phaidon Editors

A comprehensive and sumptuous survey that celebrates the beauty and appeal of flowers throughout art, history, and culture

The latest instalment in the bestselling Explorer Series takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and image-makers have employed floral motifs throughout history. Showcasing the diversity of blooms from all over the world, Flower spans a wide range of styles and media — from art, botanical illustrations, and sculptures to floral arrangements, film stills, and textiles — and follows a visually stunning sequence with works, regardless of period, thoughtfully paired to allow interesting and revealing juxtapositions between them.


This is such a very special book! Curated by an international panel of experts, this beautiful book showcases the diversity of flowers from all over the world. The book is organised in a stunning sequence of images that highlights thought-provoking contrasts and similarities between them. The detail in the research is outstanding.

The book includes more than 300 spectacular images across a wide range of styles and media, with renowned and lesser-known works, from a wide range of artists and designers. Every image features a description of the item with more information below.

We particularly love the range of examples including still-life paintings, botanical illustrations, photographs, sculptures, fashion pieces and floral arrangements. 

As well as a comprehensive Introduction, there is a fascinating Timeline detailing events related to Flowers and detail about The Meaning of Flowers.

This is a book that the reader will never tire of reading, every page reveals something new and unexpected, it is a joyous celebration of flowers, and all their glorious, uplifting beauty! Highly Recommended!

Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom
Phaidon Editors published by Phaidon