A Bowl of Roses by Victor Dangon.
This antique chromolithograph dates to 1893. It is by the artist Victor Dangon (see biography below), and was called A Bowl of Roses. The soft, heavy-headed old garden roses are just beautiful and expertly executed, in shades of soft pink, scarlet red, and buttercream yellow, along with a rosebud, and all is housed in a low shallow bowl. All the color layers align in perfect register, and the color hues are unfaded and bright. This print was made by the New York Recorder as an art supplement to the newspaper, and the lithographer was the Knapp Company of New York. Signed lower right V. Dangon. Please note that the left side has some whitish glass glare reflections, but that the print itself is evenly hued throughout with rich coloring.
The print is housed in its original off white gesso over wood frame with a gold inner beaded design. It still also has its original mat and old hand rolled glass with a few bubbles. Even the old wood shingle backing is intact! There is an old paper label on the back stating it was framed in Elmira, New York. The print and frame are both in VG condition, the frame having the customary wear for a piece of its age. The frame has a few chips on the left edge, and the mat has a very light watermark top right edge, not detracting, but mentioned for accuracy. Overall size is 16 x 21 inches.
This stunning yard long print is by the French Victorian artist, Victor Dangon (b. 1845-d. 1899). Most of his works indicate he was a New York artist, painting about the same time as other prominent artists in the late 1890’s, such as Paul de Longpre and Catherine Klein. Not much is known about Dangon’s life, although past art auction records show he was quite proficient in rose paintings. His rose studies rival some of the best, and this one is indeed beautiful. Dangon was one of several French artists that immigrated to the New York port in America. The National Archives and Records Administration’s ship manifest for Oct. 8, 1894, indicates he was of French extraction. His age was shown as 49 (given as younger, probably so he could garner work once he arrived, this was quite common), his embarkation the European port of Le Havre, as a cabin passenger on the ship La Bourgogne. He stated his occupation was that of “artist, scenic artist”, and his purpose for immigration was “Staying in the USA”. Dangon only lived 5 more years in America before he died in 1899. Even so, many of his works that still survive today. Some of his works were completed before he came to America, and perhaps it was these works cited below that secured his passage to America.
In 1886, Dangon was mentioned in the Art Interchange Magazine for a study of violets and lily of the valley in 1886. Further, there was a citation in The Magazine of Art, citing a “decoratively treated bunch of chrysanthemums”, produced for The Art Amateur Magazine, and “A Study of Tuberoses, Pen Drawing from Nature”, and “Old Fashioned Roses”, for the same publication. The Art Amateur for 1888 mentions several studies they published for Dangon: “Red Roses”, Gladioli”, “Ferns”, “Magnolias”, Chrysanthemums”, “Golden Rod”, “Cherries”, “Birds of Paradise”, “Stormy Coast Scene”, Quiet Coast Scene”, “Moonlight Landscape”, “Winter Landscape”, “Laughing Man”, and a child called “Little Rosebud”. Another art reference, The Arts and Crafts Magazine, doled out his extensive instruction techniques for a pen and ink drawing of daffodils. The Art Collector, a Journal Dedicated to the Art and Crafts, extolled his virtues not only as an accomplished painter, but also that of a vocalist. The Development of Scenic Art and Stage Machinery recognized him posthumously for “A Revolution in the Art of Scene Painting” in the Theatre Magazine, October of 1903.