"What is it that makes April and May the most pleasant months of the year? It is the verdure of the fields, which prompts the small birds to sing and to praise Spoung and its delightful gay green livery." - J. de Courtois, Le blason de toutes de toutes armes et escutz, 1495, translation by Michel Pastoureau
Like spring leeks and onions whose .saturation goes from nearly white bulbs to emerald green, this scene is a bosky dell indeed.
Odilon Redon (1840-1916) His artworks fall into two very different aims...prints haunted by macabre and fantastic creatures or situations. His oil paintings and pastels showed such adroit use of color that even the great Matisse was an admirer. Sous-bois au printemps is so delicately done that it appears it could be a pastel.
Image: Odilon Redon - Sous-bois au printemps, no date given, oil on paper, Musee d'Orsay, Paris