Robie Cabbage Roses Vintage Print.
This lovely vintage print is by the French artist Jean Baptiste Robie (see biography below). He is one the best known flower painters, and his work rivals that of de Longpre and Klein. This piece is a large study of freshly picked cabbage roses and a few other Summer flowers. Look closely, there are dewdrops on the petals and leaves. At the lower left is a sprig of raspberries, and at the lower left is a cupid decor golden compote, suggesting someone will add the raspberry treats shortly. This piece is signed lower left. The colors are as bright as the day it was printed, back in the 1920''s. The print is housed in a composition burnished gold and brown toned frame that compliments the artwork superbly. Overall size with the frame is a nice larger size at aprox 19 x 23 inches.
Please keep in mind there is some glass reflection in the photos, mostly on the left and bottom areas. The print is just gorgeous and evenly toned throughout--see the closeup photos for the best color representation. The print is in VG condition with almost no flaws. The leaf above the cupid compote has a small bend in the paper, not detracting, but mentioned for accuracy. The rest of the print is near fine. The frame is also in VG condition, with some tape residue on the back.
Jean-Baptiste Robie [1821-1910] was a Belgian still-life, flower and landscape painter. He studied at the Brussels Academy with Balthasar Tasson and became friends with Theodore Fourmois. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, visiting Italy, Spain, France and Germany, and further journeys took him to the Middle East. But it was in India that he stayed the longest. He described his travels in the book Les Débuts d’un Peintre, published in 1886. In 1861 he was made a Knight of the Order of Leopold, advancing to the status of Officer in 1869 and Commander in 1881. He was also a Knight of the Légion d’Honneur.
Between 1843 and 1875 he frequently exhibited at the Brussels Salon, where he won a gold medal and a third-class medal in 1850. He participated in the 1880 exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, held in honour of the fifth anniversary of the unification of Belgium. He further exhibited in Antwerp and Ghent. In 1863 J. B. Robie made his debut at the Paris Salon and exhibited at the World Fair in Paris in 1885.