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Pink pansies

Oil on linen, 11" x 14"

Although the term pansy has a somewhat weak meaning, the pansy as a plant is extremely hardy.  The pansy is in fact a violet, which is also known as a viola.  While there are variations that distinguish violets, from violas, from pansies, they do all share very similar characteristics, most distinctively their distinct faces and dark veining.