c1905 Roses Print Paul de Longpre Cabbage Rose Floral Flower Womans Home Companion Magazine.
This wonderful antique magazine cover art is by the French Victorian watercolor artist, Paul de Longpre (see pic and biography below). It is a grand study of pastel hued old garden cabbage roses, attended by his signature bumblebees. The cover was commissioned by the Woman's Home Companion Magazine for the June 1905 issue.
Please excuse any glass glare in the photos. The cover is in good condition with wear to the left side where it had been bound, and some handling wear throughout the print. So successful was the launch, that this magazine cover was used once again in a later issue. We are firm believers that all old art should be conserved, and this beauty is a wonderful example of de Longpre's talents. He was indeed a master at parlaying his art work into many different forms, magazines being one venue.
The print is housed in a vintage gold frame, that has little leaves around the edge and a beaded inner rim. It is in VG condition, ready to hang. Overall size is 18 x 22 inches.
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.
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