Edward Steichen’s Delphiniums
The garden of Castle Baexem is almost completely taken over by green fields, growing out of control. I caught sight of a fritillary that disappeared in between overgrowth of a taller kind. Its speckled cup sallow, the stem frail like an old cat.
Expired quietly, like most plants do.
The American Edward Steichen (1879-1973), photographer and painter, was a keen delphinium grower. Those sky-high mulleins, often in a dazzling shade of blue, lose their perfect condition within a week.
Steichen, pioneer in bio-art, organized an exhibition at the MOMA in 1936: Edward Steichen's Delphiniums. Read his handwritten press release here.
Photo: Installation view of the exhibition, Edward Steichen's Delphiniums. June 24, 1936 through July 1, 1936. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph by Edward Steichen.