French artist Louise Aline Lauth-Bossert (1869-1955) was primarily known as a sculptor; her oil paintings are on the rare side. She is said to have been a student of Icart and Ducrot. She became a member of the Salon des Artistes Francoise since 1908. She is listed in Benezit’s “Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs.” A bronze medal depicting two women by Lauth-Bossert is in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.
As an art dealer, one of my favorite types of oil paintings is that created through the impasto technique. In this charming still life of white and pink roses, the artist used her medium to better bring forth the exuberance of the blooms. Each rose is literally bursting open. One gets the impression that they are opening for our enjoyment.
Lauth-Bossert chose a pale blue, striped wallpaper for her background. The bowl of flowers was placed upon a tablecloth of pink, cream and blue. The effect of the pink and white roses against the foils she created is exceptionally pleasing; not only do they harmonize well, but the give one a sense of pleasure in their presentation. It is signed, “A. Lauth-Bossert,” in the lower right.
There is some information written in French on the back of the painting, along with remnants of an old gallery label. The handwritten script is a bit difficult to decipher, but it displays the artist’s name and the name of the painting, “Roses Blanches” (“White Roses”). The painting was in an exhibition as it is not only entitled, but was given the number 70. I believe the date of either the gallery exhibition or the completion of the work by the artist reads: “6 Sept. ’42.” There also is a label from the maker of the artist’s board, C. Guichardaz, of Paris.
It is housed in its original hand-made and hand-painted wood and gesso frame, probably fashioned and hand-carved by the artist herself. The frame was faux-painted and the soft golds, with underlying colors bleeding through, work magically with the soft palette of the painting. Therefore, the frame was precisely the frame in which the artist wished to present her painting.
The condition of both the painting and the frame is excellent. The thick impasto paintwork with a thick varnish has protected the painting well.
It measures 18-3/4 inches wide by 15-3/4 inches high, including the frame.
French Still Life of White and Pink Roses in a Bowl, by L.A. Lauth-Bossert
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