c1895 La France Pink Cabbage Roses Print Marie Koupal Lusk Chromolithograph Sheet Music Love
This superb print is entitled Sunny American La France Roses, and is by the artist Marie Koupal Lusk (see biography below). It is a spectacular study of freshly gathered pink cabbage roses, casually laid upon a book, with sheet music entitled Love overhead. It gives the impression that someone had just come in from the garden for perhaps a music lesson, and laid the roses down for a moment to fetch a vase.
The La France rose was the first hybrid rose, with soft heavy heads and a silvery cream reverse to the petals. It also has a splendid fragrance. This print is a chromolithograph and the color layers align in perfect register. It was made in 1895 by the Forbes Company. It is a half yard long study, very, very scarce. We've only had it twice in 16 years. The color hues are rich and unfaded, and the print is in VG+++ condition with no unsightly blemishes. It is also housed in its original frame with a leaf motif and inner beaded edge, and the frame still has the old imperfect glass. The frame is also in VG condition for its age with a few rubs as is customary. Overall size is large at 16.5 x 22.25 inches, ready to hang, and displays handsomely. Please note that Ruby Lane's postage calculator can be a little off, any overages are always cheerfully refunded.
Biography for Marie Koupal Lusk:
The following biography is from Carole Koupal Johnson, great niece of the artist.
She writes: Marie Koupal Lusk died the year I was born. I grew up knowing her however, through my grandfather and my Dad. Her son, Milan, the great violinist was an idol of mine. Marie married Charles D. Lusk in 1884, and he became one of the well- known Bohemian attorneys in Chicago. Marie Koupal Lusk was born in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia in 1862. She died in 1929. She is well known for her rose paintings.