Nosegays and Bouquets: Flower and Fruit Arrangements in Western Art and Drawings of Bristlecone Pines by Della Taylor Hoss
30 March – 5 June 1981
The Institute presented two exhibitions in spring 1981. The first exhibition, Nosegays and Bouquets: Flower and Fruit Arrangements in Western Art , spanned four centuries. Drawn from the Institute's permanent collection, the show of watercolors, drawings, book illustrations, single prints and suites of prints included works by Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (1634–1699), Jan Van Huysum (ca.1687–1740), Gérard Van Spaendonck (1746–1822), Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840) and Jean-Louis Prévost (1760–1810). A catalogue accompanied this exhibition.
The second exhibition, Drawings of Bristlecone Pines by Della Taylor Hoss, featured the color-pencil drawings of California artist-illustrator Della Taylor Hoss (also Mrs. Hilmer Oehlmann; 1900–1997). For the past decade, Hoss had concentrated on Bristlecones, which included the world's oldest living plants—some dating back 4,000 years.