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Description - Bloom: Art, Flowers and Emotion by Rachel Giles

With their delightful colours, incredible natural beauty and fascinating 'otherness', it is no surprise that flowers and plants have long captivated artists. They have come to symbolise a gamut of complex human emotions, including hope, delight, love, compassion, gratitude, grief, and loss. The fragility of flowers is a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of life. Their sensory appeal - to our sight, smell, touch and even, sometimes, taste - brings us into the present moment, and they can affect our wellbeing in surprisingly healing ways. Bloom is a compendium of one hundred of the most beautiful floral works from Tate's collection. Designed to encourage slow, mindful looking, it will bring reflection, restoration and joy.

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