Many cultures around the world have a tradition of giving plants a symbolic meaning.
When people celebrate something auspicious, they give a bouquet of flowers to congratulate them, and when someone dies, they see them off with flowers. In this way, people have lived together with flowers as more than just plants.
The language of flowers is a good example of how people have found meaning in flowers. Although there is much uncertainty about its origins, the practice of floral language, as it is practiced today, flourished in Western society in the 19th century. Against this backdrop, the first dictionary of the language of flowers, “The Language of Flowers” by Charlotte de Latour, was published around 1819.
Latour’s “Language of Flowers” included a number of flower words according to the number of flowers as well as their color, and in particular, roses were treated as a special flower. This is because roses were one of the most important flowers in Western culture, to the extent that they were called the “flower among flowers,” and their meanings had already been derived from folklore and mythology.
In this article, we would like to introduce some of her paintings of the rose, the “flower within a flower” that has attracted many people in all ages and cultures, together with the language of flowers.