Ju­lian Ban­ner­man’s favourite paint­ing

Country Life Every Week - - Contents - Ju­lian Ban­ner­man is a land­scape gar­dener and has de­signed and built gar­dens to­gether with Is­abel Ban­ner­man since 1983. Their book, Land­scape of Dreams, was pub­lished last year

The land­scape gar­dener chooses a tan­gle of corn­flow­ers

‘I’m just bring­ing on corn­flow­ers for my gar­den, but they won’t be any­thing like as good as these. This pic­ture has all the move­ment and tan­gle of the real thing, and then it has some­thing be­yond. Where I think she is very good is in do­ing that thing we were all taught about at art school— that the spaces be­tween things are more im­por­tant—and she’s very good at that. She looks and she can paint. She’s im­mersed in the English Arts-and-crafts style: this is very Wil­liam Mor­ris and who wouldn’t want a wall­pa­per of it? Cab­bages and eryn­giums she gets as­ton­ish­ingly well and even plants I don’t like—hostas, for in­stance—her paint­ings make de­sir­able’ mys­te­ri­ously

Cen­tau­rea Cyanus [Corn­flower], 2016, by En­del­lion Lycett Green (b. 1969), 3ft by 4ft, Pri­vate Col­lec­tion

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