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The Pre-Raphaelite artist John William Waterhouse painted the artwork entitled Gather ye Rosebuds while ye may in 1909. This painting was inspired by Robert Herrick’s seventeenth-century poem called “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” that features the title of the painting as the first phrase and continues speaking of the flower and the concept of life and death.
In April of 2007, a British multinational corporation called Sotheby’s valued Waterhouse’s work at over 2 million dollars. Curiously, the painting was lost for about a century but found in a farmhouse in Canada. A couple bought the house and kept the painting that was already hanging inside. It was only after thirty years that they had an art dealer look at it. No one knows how the artwork ended up in that location.
In “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” Herrick was speaking of the brevity of life and is considered one of the most famous poems to deal with the notion of carpe diem – meaning to live in the moment and for the moment. The concept of carpe diem originates from the Horace, a Roman lyric poet from the Augustus period. Waterhouse’s interpretation of the poem resulted in the painting Gather ye Rosebuds while ye may which depicts two women picking rosebuds in a beautiful field.
The central figure of the work is the woman in a light pink dress, standing in the forefront of the composition. She is bending down to pick the flowers with one hand, while holding a bundle of small violet, red, and white blossoms over her belly, along with a brown scarf which is wrapped around her waist. She has light skin, and her dark hair is wrapped in a bun. The other woman is slightly to the back, seen to the left of the composition. She is also leaning down to reach colorful blossoms but is facing forward. She has red-orange hair that complements her blue dress. Both models are seen barefoot.
The background shows a breathtaking landscape with a peaceful river, many large trees and a purple-blue sky on the horizon. There are two other women seen in the distance, also picking flowers. The top part of the canvas is rounded like an arc, giving this artwork a unique touch, as if looking out a window.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Gather ye Rosebuds while ye may 1909, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Gather ye Rosebuds while ye may 1909 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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