We don’t normally think of still lifes as being strong and powerful, but here is an exception. With its earthy background, the artist has created with broad, expressive brush strokes a striking composition of an arrangement of blooming peonies. The strong colors add to its boldness.
There is little known about this professional landscape and still-life artist. We do know that Alfred Schwager-Crimoso (1902-1960) lived, worked as a painter, and died in the romantic area of Heidelberg, Germany. He signed this piece on the lower left and dated it (19)37.
Besides the exuberance of color, one of my favorite things about this painting is that it is worked in the impasto style. As with many impasto works, it was painted on wood. The artist has placed the vase of large peony blooms right in the center and has chosen to fill his canvas with the individual flowers. His choice of colors is inspiring, yet I believe he has taken his palette from nature itself. The background color harmonizes beautifully with the colors of the vase and the fresh green on the leaves.
The scale of this piece is also in its favor, as it depicting as it does a vase exploding with blooms and color.
The painting is framed in its original deeply molded wood and gesso frame. The strong, simple lines of the frame suits the painting well and allows the subject matter to be as powerful as it can be.
I have had the painting professionally cleaned and the frame both professionally cleaned and restored, so it is now in ready-to-hang condition.
It measures 31-3/4 inches wide by 25-3/4 inches high, including the frame.
Still Life of Peonies, by Alfred Schwager-Crimoso
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