Spring is a time of the year like no other, with the cold and drudgery of winter receding to be replaced with the green shoots of new life. Spring is interpreted in so many ways in our lives, from art to philosophy, the renewed hope spring gives us is perhaps the antidote we need now more than ever.
With that in mind, let's take a deeper dive into the symbolism and representation of spring, the world of art, philosophy, and society as a whole.
Spring as Symbolized and Represented in Art
Perhaps the most recognizable encapsulation of spring art is a painting of the same name by Botticelli; La Primavera (pictured right). The large scale painting tells the story of spring through the focal point of the goddess Venus. The miracle of Botticelli's art is that it translates all this life-renewing joy into colors and figures. The cool shade of the green trees sets off pale limbs, blond hair, gauzes, and bright robes gliding over the carpet of flowers. Botanists that have studied the painting have identified 200 accurately-depicted plants; such is the attention to detail.
Spring's representation in art goes much deeper than just one painting. Monet and the impressionists captured spring's effervescent changes acutely. Van Gogh's paintings of fruit trees in blossom ( Pictured Left) contain a desperate passion that is pure Vincent. William Blake, too, depicted Chaucer's pilgrims heading out on a spring day, when April's sweet showers ended the drought of March. That's notwithstanding the various spring battle paintings, as armies commenced campaigns with the improvement of the weather.
Expressional art is no different when it comes to trying to convey the feelings, emotions, and colors that spring evokes. This picture by Irfan Mirza is a perfect example of how abstract expression can embody the richness and joy associated with spring in no less meaningful a way that those in traditional art forms.
Spring in Philosophy, Literature and Beyond
The spring season meaning has long been portrayed by philosophers, poets, and those within the gaze of the public eye as arriving with an insatiably positive inevitability. As the Victorian novelist, playwright, and thinker Algernon Charles Swinburne once said, "Blossom by Blossom the spring begins." The Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Pablo Neruda echoed these sentiments almost 100 years later when he commented, "You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming."
Spring has also referred to love, hope, youth, renewal, and growth in both wider society and the famous works of other significant patrons of the arts. While much of the historic societal seasonal symbolism for spring may have been influenced by religious celebrations such as Passover or Easter, poets such as Walt Whitman, Amy Lowell, and Robert Burns use lilac blossoms as a seasonal symbol for ongoing hope and renewal. Even William Shakespeare noted how the cuckoo birds emerge in the spring to mock married men in the poem "Spring."
Encapsulate Spring with Jesse New York
Here at Jesse New York, we have taken great care over incorporating the values, symbolism, and representations of this beautiful season into our spring capsule collection. Look your best by discovering Jesse New York's latest capsule collection for spring 2020. The theme for this collection is "Floral Artwork," which is brought to life through brightly colored garments, elegant designs, and a charming aesthetic.
Art is a form of self-expressionism perfectly encapsulated within our garments. Thus, embrace the essence of art and spring with one of our stunning fashion pieces.