Leonie Desouches nee Blondel Still-Life Painting - Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase
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Leonie Desouches nee Blondel
Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase

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At first glance the viewer is attracted to the blue vase with its circular floral panels or pictures within a picture. This quickly suggests to us something about the painter of this floral still life for many French flower painters active in the second part of the nineteenth century were employed as designers for chinaware and porcelain firms. Even though china firms and the textile industries provided flower painters with secure employment, flower painting in nineteenth century France was much more than a branch of the decorative arts. Many such painters received formal training from established academic artists in Paris or large provincial towns like Lyon. At the same time the prosperous middle classes in France became clients for these artists. The traditional loosely arranged bouquet in a vase was one of the most popular subjects and never went out of fashion. In this painting the movement is upward from the vase to the brilliant red chrysanthemums, then to the white, and on up to the top of the arrangement with its dainty red buds. However, the blue theme, begun by the vase, is continued. There is the suggestion of a blue halo formed at the outer edges of the arrangement - blue chrysanthemum-like flowers alternate with other blue flowers and frame the whole. Sprigs of orange flowers balance this arrangement at the lower right, and their green leaves pick up the greens of the leaves in the central part of the painting, thus drawing all the elements together upon the graceful pink table cover.

Details

  • Artist
    Leonie Desouches nee Blondel (French)
  • Medium
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Signed, Lower Left
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 30 in. x W 15.75 in.H 76.2 cm x W 40.01 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU56711972713
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Framed 37.63" x 23.5"Price: $25,000
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