Invisible Flower

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Yoko Ono created An Invisible Flower when she was just nineteen years old, at the very start of her artistic career. Recently rediscovered in her archive by her son, Sean Lennon, who also provides a foreword, this jewel of a book tells the heartwarming story of the invisible beauty we all know is there—and of the one man, "Smelty John", who catches sight of it. Written years before Ono met John Lennon, An Invisible Flower offers a glimpse into the early process of a brilliant conceptual artist and, it will ...

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Overview

Yoko Ono created An Invisible Flower when she was just nineteen years old, at the very start of her artistic career. Recently rediscovered in her archive by her son, Sean Lennon, who also provides a foreword, this jewel of a book tells the heartwarming story of the invisible beauty we all know is there—and of the one man, "Smelty John", who catches sight of it. Written years before Ono met John Lennon, An Invisible Flower offers a glimpse into the early process of a brilliant conceptual artist and, it will transpire, presages the love of her life. Simple pastel drawings complement the book's affirming message, and a new afterword by Ono makes this small treasure even more special.

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Publishers Weekly
Written and illustrated by celebrated conceptual artist and musician Ono in 1952, when she was just 19 years old, this whimsical gem of a story was recently discovered by the artist’s son, Sean, who compiled the book and provides the touching introduction. In this romantic, dreamy tale, an invisible but magically aromatic flower can only be seen by a character named Smelty John. The simple, childlike pastel drawings take on a deeper meaning when coupled with Ono’s nonlinear story and hints at her eventual artistic development. The story was inspired by an experience Ono had as a small child when she and her family were living in the Japanese countryside during their evacuation from Tokyo during WWII, a time of deep deprivation. In Ono’s afterward, she says that she now sees the fable as a premonition; she was the invisible flower to be seen by her own real-life Smelty John (John Lennon), whom she would meet a decade later. Ono had an illustrious career as an artist and musician before she met Lennon (a career which continues to this day); this wry, and poetic fairy tale shows her deeply mystic nature and creative spirit. (June)
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"Exquisite in its delicate poetics, An Invisible Flower is the kind of book you revisit again and again, the one you sit with on a bad day to remind you that life, even at its most difficult, is a scavenger hunt for beauty." — Brain Pickings

"This wry and poetic fairy tale shows Ono's deeply mystic nature and creative spirit." — Publishers Weekly

"Lovely." - Philadelphia Inquirer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452109114
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/23/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 825,215
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Yoko Ono is a conceptual artist whose work encompasses performance, film, music, and writing. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Hiroshima Art Prize for her dedication to peace activism. She lives in New York City.

Sean Ono Lennon is a musician, composer, illustrator, actor, and founder of Chimera Music and Chimera Books. The son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, he resides in New York City.

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