Oil on board still life of red roses, and a few bumble bees in the composition as well, 24 1/4" by 18 1/2", 31 1/4" by 24 3/4" in likely original old gold frame, signed at lower left "N. Miller" and dated there 1910 or possibly 1916. This was executed in the early 20th century, but takes from a nineteenth century tradition in Victorian times----painting roses. In this case, the artist seems to have been familiar with the widely known artist Paul De Longpre (1855-1911), who painted flowers, often with bumble bees in this manner, in Southern California. Many prints were made of De Longpre's works, and those images were therefore widely disseminated. The painting shows evidence of its age, with the board somewhat bowed, some paint loss showing as white areas, and some edge imperfections due to interaction with the frame and nails. It also seems to be rather soiled, with possible attempts made to clean it (bluish areas standing out from the more yellowed overall look). The frame has some losses, the upper right and lower left corners especially compromised. This sort of art is popular of course with those fond of the Shabby Chic decorating theme. .
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