THE CUT

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MOMENTS IN POT CULTURE: THE IRIS

30th May 2018

Words by Jessica Peace

In the 12th Century Luis VII covered The House of France with ‘fleur-de-lis’ or yellow Iris, this emblem still remains today.

A few years after Manet and Van Gogh dashed out theirs, the 1930s artist Georgia O'Keeffe brought the ‘Black Iris’ to the art world. Just don’t make the same mistake as the critic Linda Nochlin made and bang on about sexuality and lady gardens,  O’Keefe rejected this - it really is just an iris.

‘...Cos I don’t think that they’d understand...’, like Peter Griffin weeping in his car, we’ve all sung along to Goo Goo Dolls, ‘Iris’ in that early morning taxi ride home.