Have you ever watched butterflies?
Aren't they amazingly beautiful? In particular, their wings, which differ in shape and color from different butterflies. There are big ones, there are small ones. There are bright and gloomy, there are monochrome and variegated.
In any case, looking at them is difficult to remain indifferent. From this they are so fond of catching children and cats, collecting collectors and drawing inspiration from artists, poets, writers, musicians, animators.
Once in our city there was a visiting exhibition of butterflies. We visited this exhibition with my granddaughter. The butterflies were amazing. We have not seen some of them in the pictures before. I always wondered how such a beauty with wonderful wings could grow from such an ugly caterpillar.
Thanks to the exhibition, we learned something about the life of these beauties. For example, the fact that they cannot be killed, many are listed in the Red Book.
Do you know, for example, how butterflies differ from moths? Both butterflies and moths are lepidoptera. They differ in their way of life. Butterflies are diurnal and moths fly at night. In addition, butterflies are more brightly colored than moths. They also fold the wings in different ways. And their antennae are different. In butterflies, they are like antennas, in moths, they are hairy. How long do butterflies live? It turns out, depending on the species, from several hours to several weeks.
As soon as the sun warms up and the flowers bloom, they begin to flutter from flower to flower of butterflies and immediately catch our eye. Children watch them with pleasure. They delight them. Many fairy tales depict good fairies, elves with wings like butterflies.
I really want summer. Unfortunately, summer does not last forever in our latitudes. But you can surround yourself with reminders of summer.
First of all, the symbol of summer, of course, is the butterfly. A butterfly is a memory of warm and sunny days, of relaxation.
Almost all peoples of the world have myths and legends about fluttering beauties. The ideas of our ancestors about butterflies are associated with the most significant concepts for humans, such as life, soul, love, happiness.
In the church environment of Christians, a butterfly can be seen on the hand of the baby Christ. She is depicted as a symbol of the rebirth and resurrection of the soul.
Buddhists treat these "beauties" with great respect, as Buddha addressed the butterfly with his sermon.
According to the legends of the ancient Aztecs and Indians, butterflies are able to convey a person's desire to heaven. You need to whisper it to the butterfly and let it go, and the desire will certainly come true.
In Japan, a butterfly in a house is a symbol of joy and happiness. In ancient times, Japanese newlyweds at a wedding let out a couple of live butterflies into the sky, which was considered the key to a further happy married life. Geisha wore images of butterflies on their kimono, it was believed that with their help you can easily capture the attention of men.
In China, to this day, before marriage, the groom gives his chosen one a butterfly (live or jade) as a sign of unchanging love.
The ancient Romans believed that butterflies were flowers that were picked off by the wind. I really liked this vivid, figurative expression, so I put it in the title of an article about butterflies. I would like to share the information that I learned. Maybe it will be useful to someone, it will become a source of inspiration, thanks to it, new ideas for creativity will arise.
Butterflies are amazing and mysterious creatures that excite the minds of mankind for many centuries.
Famous people spent huge amounts of money on their study and collecting. Among them are the English banker Lord Walter Rothschild, Russian writers Vladimir Nabokov and Mikhail Bulgakov, physiologist, academician Ivan Pavlov, one of the leaders of the Russian revolution Nikolai Bukharin, a wonderful entomologist and collector, Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich Romanov.
Butterflies have inspired and continue to inspire poets, artists, clothing and interior designers to create masterpieces.
In the ancient Chinese teachings of Feng Shui, butterflies are a symbol of family well-being and should be in every home, as they are the embodiment of joy and love. It is considered best if they "fly" in the bedroom.
Fluttering butterflies remind us of the sun, summer, green lawns, and this makes our soul warm and cheerful.
In such an interior there will be no place for sadness and sadness. Watching butterflies will always give you a good mood.
The butterfly looks good and gets along well on a bag and on shoes, on scarves and shawls. The butterfly feels at ease both in luxurious jewelry and in simple jewelry.
It is the butterflies that inspire the designer Derya Aksoy to create unusual jewelry.
In the late 60s of the 19th century, a craze for Japanese art began in Paris. They even invited Japanese masters to Paris, who gave lectures on the art of the East and held master classes. In the wake of this interest, "Japanese motives" began to appear in the art of jewelry.
Jeweler, wonderful Parisian craftsman Lucien Gaillard. He lived in Paris from 1860-1945.
If we look at the catwalk, we will see that the butterfly print has been actively played by designers in their collections for more than a year.
Almost any outfit with butterflies will suit a young girl - her image becomes romantic.
Austere and elegant image - abstract patterns, reminiscent of multi-colored butterfly wings, "complex", exquisite butterflies.
Fashion designer Luly Yang has created many amazing and stunning outfits throughout her career.
A butterfly dress that Luli Young made over ten years ago.
Its creation was inspired by the monarch butterfly, which is considered by many to be the most beautiful butterfly in the world. Luli Young's dress is a real moth made of silk: the same patterns, the same colors, the same lightness!
In my opinion, the author managed to convey the beauty of a butterfly in his work, to create a dress in which a woman resembles an exotic butterfly. I have a little idea about sewing clothes, and I can imagine what a grandiose work of the masters of their craft is here!
Luli Young is currently a renowned Seattle fashion designer specializing in bridal and evening wear. A butterfly dress, which has long become something of a designer's trademark, can be seen by everyone in the window of her store.
For the majority of women in our country, the Haute Couture collection shows are wonderful illustrations from fairy tales!
Personally, there are no such outfits in my life and will never be: However, watching the Haute Couture collections is a fascinating and rewarding activity. Here is a lot of ideas, here is a source of inspiration!
The Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2014 collection of the French couturier Alexis Mabille, made in the Greek style, delights with tenderness, elegance and grace.
The color scheme includes white, ivory, pale blue and some gold. Light trains and capes, delicate feather collars, satin draperies, appliqués and 3D decor in the form of flowers looked almost weightless against the background of snow-white butterflies. Butterflies not only adorned the background - they actively participated in creating the images of the participants in the show, as they decorated their hair, face and clothes.
In lace, the image of a butterfly is also quite common. I will definitely take this image into service in one of my works.
And now let's admire the butterflies in the paintings of the artists.
As you probably remember, "still life" is a dead nature. And suddenly (many hundreds of years ago) live butterflies from Blumarine and Iceberg appeared in the "dead nature".
A beautiful and delicate flyworm. A symbol of the transience of life and beauty. This quivering beauty has only three days and three nights. And there is no more beauty and admiration. All in the past.
Perhaps that is why a butterfly appeared, in violation of all canons, on old Dutch still lifes.
Balthasar van der Ast - Dutch painter (1594-1657), master of still life.
"Still life with flowers and fruits".
Bosschaert Ambrosius the Elder (1573 - 1621) - Flemish painter of the golden age of Dutch painting.
On Bosschaart's canvases, butterflies or shells are often depicted next to bouquets of flowers.
Adrian Coort "Still life with asparagus and a butterfly" 1693.
Artist and illustrator Friedrich Hechelmann was born on February 28, 1948 in Isny, Germany.
Throughout his career, Friedrich Hechelmann has illustrated many children's books, wrote scripts for films, was engaged in design, and in everything he is a success.
In the artist's illustrations for his book “I give you 100 butterflies”, his famous butterflies flutter like glowing flowers. The most beautiful poems by Eduard Mericke, Heinrich Heine, Joseph von Eichendorff, Rainer Maria Rilke make this book truly magical.
It is impossible to show all the illustrations of this wonderful book within the framework of a short article. But even from the photographs already given, one can judge that they are fabulous and beautiful!
Futaro Mitsuki (彌 月 風 太 朗).
A young artist or painter (I never managed to find out) from Japan was born in 1970 in Tokyo. With a bachelor's degree, he completed his studies at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Faculty of Fine Arts). In 1998 he received a master's degree. His work is done on paper in pencil and acrylic and is very interesting. I am not an expert in this area, but I can see how the smallest details are carefully painted on the artist's canvases.
Japanese artist Fujishima Takeji (1867-1943).
In the culture of ancient Japan, various experiences of the soul were significant, which were shown using a picturesque metaphor.
Wonderful bright flowers and butterflies by Korean artist Hahn Eun-Sun.
Such a bright palette! These paintings are antidepressant! They amaze with their grace and beauty!
And here are the delicate images of the Chinese artist Wendy Ng.
The girls in her paintings of pastel colors seem to fly out of a fairy tale, captivating with beauty and femininity. Her works are magical, the pictures can be looked at endlessly.
Wendy Ng was born in Hong Kong but educated in the USA, Belgium and England. She holds a degree in Graphic Designer and Illustrator in Advertising and Publishing.
Petersburg artist Dmitry Kustanovich, our contemporary. And here are his magic butterflies!
There is so much light and air in his works that it seems that now you will take a step and you are already in the meadow. Easy, graceful, realistic, but at the same time fabulous.
His handwriting is very recognizable and quite popular. The paintings of Dmitry Kustanovich are bought by both collectors and amateurs, also for the purpose of making monetary contributions.