Three-leaf clover, from the Novelties series (N228, Type 3) issued by Kinney Brothers (American). Commercial color lithograph, 1889. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 218, N228.192)
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Green Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a spectrum of forest, kelly, mint, emerald, and every other shade of spring’s signature color

On March 17, you might see a few friends and family members sporting many variants of green. So you don’t have to, we’ve taken a look through The Met collection to provide a little inspiration for this most verdant of days.

Green Room

No matter how dim the light, shades of green become just about any complexion.

Study in Black and Green. John White Alexander (American, 1856–1915). Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 1/8 in., by 1906. George A. Hearn Fund, 1908 (08.139.1)

 

Green Gown

Hot off the success of his “Four Leaf Clover” dress, couturier Charles James continued to find beauty in bold forms and colors.

Ball gown. Charles James (American, 1906–1978). Silk, 1954. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Jean de Menil, 1955 (2009.300.3522)

 

Green Gardens

Lush, spring-rain-watered landscapes create visions of summery idylls to come.

Arcadia. Thomas Eakins (American, 1844–1916). Oil on canvas, 38 5/8 x 45 in., ca. 1883. Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.125)

 

Green Guy

Some figures make being green look easy.

Standing figure. Mexico, Mesoamerica (Teotihuacan). Green schist, H. 16 1/8 x W. 8 1/8 x D. 6 1/8 in., 3rd–7th century. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979 (1979.206.585)

 

Green Wrapping

The trade cards from the “Novelties” are so delightful we won’t dwell on the fact that they were used to promote Kinney Tobacco Company products. (It was 1889, after all.)

Four-leaf clover, from the Novelties series (N228, Type 3) issued by Kinney Brothers (American). Commercial color lithograph, 1889. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 218, N228.187)

 

Green Goods

From emerald to olive, The Met Store helps you embrace the full spectrum of spring’s signature color.

 

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