The flowers of little Ida


Oil on Belgian linen, 71 x 92 cm

The music

Composer: Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) or see this site
Works: "La Fauvette des jardins" (The Garden Warbler), works for piano (1975)
Suggested performance: Hakon Austbo piano (recording label: Naxos, 1999)

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This painting is created on the basis of the old Dutch Masters, who left for us many brilliant examples of still life. My idea was to represent not just the external beauty of the flowers, but rather, to depict the internal one, which is invisible, mystical and contains hidden music - the scent, which we all like so much! I chose the title from one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales, because it coincides perfectly with my idea.