Antique Roses Print by Paul de Longpre Yard Long.
This magnificent print is by the French Victorian watercolorist, Paul de Longpre (b. 1855, d. 1911 -- see biography and photograph). It is entitled La Study of Roses and is just magnificent! The coloring is bright and unfaded. The soft pink, creamy white, and scarlet rose blooms are superbly detailed, with fine execution in the Realist style. This print is a chromolithograph, and the color layers align in perfect register. This is a yard long print, perfect to hang over beds, doorways, kitchen nooks, or as a grand focal piece in any print collection. The print is housed in a quarter-sawn oak frame with a lovely minial ray grain, and at each corner are burnished brass embellishments with scrolls, flowers, and leaves. What's really nice about this print is that it has the light beige background, printed on a better paper than those regularly seen that have a sepia background.
The print was made in 1895 by The Art Interchange Company, New York, and was numbered No. 312, and printed by the Brett Lithographic Company of New York. The print is in VG condition with almost no handling wear, and the frame is also in VG condition, ready to hang. (Please note that it looks wavier than shown, because of taking the photos on a flat floor and the shadows are more pronounced. And do excuse any glass glare reflection whitish lines.) Overall size is 14 x 39.25 inches. Any shipping overages are always refunded. We are a purveyor of fine antique prints and these de Longpre prints come from the collection of Nancy C. Hall, the author of the book "The Life & Art of Paul de Longpre". The back will be autographed by Nancy, stating it is from her personal collection.
The print was made in 1895 by The Art Interchange Company, New York, and was numbered No. 312. The print is in VG condition with almost no handling wear, and the frame is also in VG condition, ready to hang. Overall size is 14 x 39.25 inches. Any shipping overages are always refunded.
Paul de Longpre biography:
Paul de Longpré (b. 1855, d. 1911), a French Victorian flower painter, was born in Villeurbanne, France (a suburb of Lyon). He was self-taught at a young age, favoring the little daisy and La France hybrid rose. De Longpre exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon, but eventually lost most of his money in a bank collapse. He then emigrated to the United States in 1890, living in New York. In an age when many artists were painting oils on dark, moody canvasses, de Longpre gained fame with his cheery, bright watercolor studies through a New York exhibition in the dead of winter.
He eventually moved to Hollywood in 1899 where flowers were more plentiful year round, and befriended many influential residents and politicians. There he built a palatial Moorish style mansion, which became quite a large tourist attraction, and gleaned the coveted first stop on the famous Balloon Route Excursion. Tourists would walk from the rail cars into his rose garden, where they could enjoy his 3,000 rose bushes in full bloom, tour the mansion, and also buy original watercolor paintings. De Longpre was one a very few artists who gained recognition and fame during his lifetime, and he was quite successful, parlaying his paintings into many different 1890’s media, such as: chromolithographic prints, celluloid mirror and photo albums, sheet music, shaving mirrors, seed and perfume displays, as well as using the studies for countless advertising prints. He died at the young age 56, from tuberculosis, a common malady at that time, after a long battle with an ear infection. He was survived by his three daughters, none of whom had children. His wife Josephine, and his daughter Pauline moved back to France after the mansion was sold, and in 1925, the mansion was demolished to make room for new bungalow housing. His watercolor paintings and chromolithograph prints are his greatest legacy, and are highly sought after.
Antique Rose Prints, Paul de Longpre, Catherine Klein, Etiquette and Medical Books, Yard Long
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