April 18, 1983 12:00 PM

text by Everett Fahy

Last year’s Metropolitan Cats was a collection of works from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art which, in one way or another, all depicted cats. This volume does the same with flowers, and it is equally sumptuous. The 101 color illustrations range from Monet’s blossom-filled 1880 still life Chrysanthemums to Rembrandt’s Lady With a Pink from circa 1665, where a small carnation is the only flower in sight. The reproductions are superb and the brief notes on each work, by Everett Fahy, director of the Frick Collection in New York, are chatty and informative. He relates, for instance, that the centifolia roses used by Rubens and other 17th-century painters became so popular Dutch horticulturists produced them in more than 2,000 varieties. (Abrams, $29.50)

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