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Still Life: Flowers and Fruit

Artist:
Severin Roesen (American (born Prussia), Boppard-am-Rhein 1816–72?)
Date:
1850–55
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
40 x 50 3/8 in. (101.6 x 128 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, by exchange, Fosburgh Fund Inc. and Mr. and Mrs. J. William Middendorf II Gifts, and Henry G. Keasbey Bequest, 1967
Accession Number:
67.111
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 756
This exceptionally large still life represents Roesen at his best. It is undated but was probably painted between 1850 and 1855, when the artist was living in New York. The elaborate and crowded composition is characteristic, as are the brilliant color, technical virtuosity, and meticulous attention to detail expected of someone who was trained as a porcelain painter. The picture is a fine example of the excess that underlies much of Victorian design.
Signature: [at lower right]: S. Roesen [initials in monogram]
with Eugene Sussel, Philadelphia, 1967
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