As the beautiful month of July is close to its end, it was impossible for us not to talk about the birth flower of certainly one of the most favorite months of the year: the water lily!
The water lily refers to eloquence and purity of the heart. Others will tell you the water lily stands for perfect beauty.
This water plant often blooms at night, its perfume spreading across the dark surface of a pond.
In the West, the water lily flower was given the botanical name nymphaea referring to these greek goddesses, the nymphs or virgins. According to Greek mythology, these supernatural feminine creatures inhabited bodies of water like springs. The Greeks are also said to have given the flower this name because of its reputed anti-aphrodisiac qualities.
‘Nymphs listening to the songs of Orpheus’ (1853) by Jean-François Jalabert (1818-1901)
Even if the water lily is the birth flower of July, flowering time can actually range from June to September.
The most common color of water lily is white – it is actually the national flower of Bangladesh – but it can be found in many other colors like pink, purple, blue, yellow, orange and so on.
Claude Monet and Giverny
One cannot refer to the famous French painter, founder of the impressionist art movement (19th century), without mentioning his Water Lilies or Nymphéas, a series of 250 oil paintings celebrating the natural environment of his garden in Giverny, Northern France.
Water lilies were indeed the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.
Monet’s House in Giverny nowadays
Concerned with the shifting of lights and colors, impressionist artists like Monet tried to depict the visual impression of the moment. Many of the works were actually painted while Monet was suffering from cataracts.
Here’s a selection of this astounding series, nowadays displayed in the most famous art museums all over the world.
From left to right:
- Water Lilies, 1906, Art Institute of Chicago
- Water Lilies, 1915, Musée Marmottan Monet
- Water Lilies, 1915, Neue Pinakothek Munich
- Water Lilies and the Japanese Bridge, 1897-99, Princeton University of Art Museum
From traditional symbols to contemporary inspiration
The water lily is an important symbol in many religions including Buddhism and Hinduism for which the flower symbolizes resurrection as many of the lilies close their flowers at night and reopen in the morning at dawn.
Because of the buddhist influence, the water lily is an element associated with relaxation and meditation.
Water Lily & Pebbles for a clean and uncluttered style
Representing absolute truth and purity, some contemporary brides choose water lily flowers for their bouquets also based on the symbolism of blossom.
Monet’s Inspiration Wedding Cakes
Water Lily Decoration Inspiration
So don’t wait and invite nature into your house as this aquatic plant can also grow indoors!
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