We are all familiar with the legend of Narcissus, the famous hunter from Greek mythology who fell in love with his own reflection in water. Consequently, Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, turned him into a flower, Narcissus poeticus, known as Daffodil. While the myth of Narcissus was a great source of inspiration for writers, poets and artists, the flower itself has been subject to myths and folklore since the Romans times.

As it is believed that the daffodils first appeared in the Garden of Gethsemane during Christ’s Last Supper, the flower is most associated with Easter and the Resurrection.  As for the folklore, the most common belief is that you should never give just one daffodil as it brings bad luck, but give a bunch instead to bring happiness.

The daffodil is also a great subject to paint for artists of all styles and abilities. From still life paintings to floral art, a daffodil painting will brighten up your interior while adding a personal touch to it. The yellow colour is uplifting and emanates happiness. A floral painting is versatile as it looks great in a wide range of interior styles from traditional and rustic to modern and contemporary.

A painting with daffodils is great as a thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day, to be cherished for years to come. We hope you enjoy our selection of Narcissus poeticus paintings and please visit our spring themed board on Pinterest for more inspiring paintings.

Narcissus N2 by Diana Anderson
Narcissus N2 by Diana Anderson
Daffodils in a Vase by Lilamani de Silva
Daffodils in a Vase by Lilamani de Silva
Spring Daffodils by David Fright
Spring Daffodils by David Fright
Daffodil, Limes and the Transmitter by Yolanta Gawlik
Daffodil, Limes and the Transmitter by Yolanta Gawlik
Springtime by Sheila Alexander
Springtime by Sheila Alexander