Poppies

Selected articles




In Flanders Fields
Doctor John McRae

	In Flanders the poppies blow
	Between the crosses row on row,
	That mark our place, and in the sky,
	The larks still bravely singing, fly
	Scarce hear amid the guns below.

	We are the dead. Short days ago
	We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
	Loved and were loved, and now we lie 
	In flanders' fields.

	Take up the quarrel with the foe;
	To you from failing hands we throw
	The torch; be yours to hold it high.
	If ye break faith with us who die
	We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
	In Flanders' Fields.
	



Artist laments war through 'poppies' by Linda Peatling

As the world braced itself for war when America invaded Iraq artist Dalia Maron reflecting on a poem about another time, written by a doctor standing in a field of poppies.

'In Flanders Fields' written by Dr. John McRae as he stood in a field of soldier's graves on the Western Front in 1915 Poppies only flower in rooted up soil, the tragic part is that the soil in Flanders Fields had been rooted up by the horrible throws of battle and that's why poppies blossomed around McRae when he wrote his poem. The Poppy commemorates the end of World War 1 on Armistice Day.

The ancient Greeks forged a legend regarding poppies and sleep. They likened the heads of dying warriors to the drooping poppies of the field and they made crowns of poppies to be placed on the heads of those who died as a symbol of perfect sleep.

Dalia explored the themes of battle, sleep and addiction. "I chose to use the flower as a metaphor for life and death because of its transient perfect beauty"

She referenced the 15th. And 16th. Century Spanish and Dutch still life masters. The contrast of a deep dark space with a single light source for example Rembrant and Georges de la Tour.




A proposal for an exhibition of Paintings and Drawings

The theme of the series of poppies is based on the poem by Doctor John McRae, "In Flanders Fields" Represented are the spirits of the souls that have died on the battlefields, in wars, and those souls that move from the darkness to the light as a spiritual journey.

The contrast of dark with a single light source gives the sense of emerging out of a deep black space towards the light.

A reminder of those who have died in wars and those most recently who have died in Iraq, and the suffering innocent woman and children.

"Lest we forget"

Many thousands of years ago the ancient Greeks forged a legend regarding poppies and sleep. In this legend they likened the heads of dying warriors to the drooping poppies of the field. They even made crowns of poppies to be placed on the heads of those who have died as a symbol of perfect sleep. The poppy is the international flower of respect and pride to be worn each year on Armistace day.

Also the heroin poppy is a symbol of addiction, a growing worldwide epidemic. Addiction that can lead to death and the destruction of a delicate life. I chose to use the flower as a metaphor for life and death because of its transient perfect beauty.

The perfect moment of the expression of Gods' creation is when a flower is in full bloom.

I have been influenced by the still life paointers- The Spanish and Dutch masters of the 15th and 16th Century.