This magnificent original watercolor painting is by the Victorian artist, Raoul de Longpre. Raoul was born in 1859 in Villeurbanne, France, and was the younger brother of another famous artist, Paul de Longpre. In almost all of Raoul's paintings, he included his favorite flower, the Spring lilac. This combination of old pink roses and white lilacs is spectacular. In Victorian times, the pink rose symbolized that the bearer was an "Ambassador of Love", while the white lilac symbolized "Youthful Innocence"...such a sweet combination. The painting is signed lower right "Raoul M. de Longpre, fils" (fils is the French name for son, perhaps to distinguish his paintings from that of his father, who was also a well known painter).
This painting is in museum quality condition, with very little wear or foxing. Please refer to all the photos for closeup examination of its superb detail presentation and condition. The execution details are outstanding and quite intricate. The de Longpre family is well documented in Davenport's Art and Reference Guide.
The painting is framed entirely of museum-quality conservation materials. It has a green suede mat with a gold liner, and the wide high relief design frame compliments the floral bouquet beautifully with its flower and scroll accents. (Please note, there is a little glass glare in some of the photos.) This painting comes from the collection of Nancy C. Hall, the author of the book "The Life & Art of Paul de Longpre". If you desire, it can be hand autographed on the backing dust cover that it comes from the author's collection. The sight size of the painting is aprox 19.25 x 26 inches, and the overall size with the frame is 31.5 x 39 inches. We would prefer a bank check instead of Paypal, please inquire.