crossword about 7 hours to write
Matt here, self-blogging this week due to joonlessness.
The seven paintings described in theme clues all had a certain type of flower in them. They were:
17-A — Vincent Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet,” where the doctor is holding foxglove.
22-A — Claude Monet’s “Le Bassin aux Nympheas,” which contains water lilies.
27-A — Enrico Coleman’s album of 88 paintings, which are all of orchids.
39-A — Pablo Picasso’s “Portrait of J.R. With Roses,” which contains roses.
48-A — Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Black Iris,” which contains an iris.
57-A — Gustav Klimt’s “The Sunflower,” which contains a sunflower.
65-a — Judith Leyster’s untitled 1643 print, which is of a tulip.
Take the first letter of those seven flowers (subtracting the “water” part from “water lilies” as the MONET clue instructs) and you get…
…meta answer FLORIST, found by 328 solvers. Spring is flower time, but it’s snowing outside my house right now. Oh well, winter can’t last forever.