There's something very calming about looking at a field of daisies. In this small framed oil painting, the daisy is the star as it fills the landscape. Some trees and houses in the background complete the bucolic scene.
The painting on wood (or hardboard) measures 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches. The wood frame measures 8 3/4 by 6 3/4 inches. The frame is gilded around the edge. The artist signed this at lower right...THJ (or FJ). The artist obviously liked daisies. And for good reason.
Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica. The name "daisy" is thought to come from the Old English "daes eage", meaning "day's eye" because the flower is only open during the day and closes up at night. The daisy is believed to keep away lightening. For this reason, it was also kept indoors. A common name in England for the flower is bruisewort since the crushed leaves could be used for soothing bruised or chapped skin.
Daisies represents purity, innocence and simplicity. Daisies are often depicted in meadows in Medieval paintings, also known as a "flowery mead." Daisies are believed to be more than 4,000 years old and hairpins decorated with daisies were found during the excavation of the Minoan Palace on the Island of Crete. Even further back, Egyptian ceramics were decorated with daisies. And how would we ever know if he loves you or loves you not...without a daisy. So, over the eons, many have been crazy for the daisy.
This charming old painting will look great in any room...and it might even keep the lightening away.
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