The Flower Queen Edouard Bisson Roses.
This absolutely gorgeous wood engraving print is by the French Victorian artist Edouard Bisson (see biography below). It is entitled The Flower Queen (Die Blumenkonigin) and depicts a lovely lady holding freshly-picked roses. It is very scarce and in the extra large format. The facial expression on the lady is beautiful and the engraving superbly executed.
This antique print is housed in a contemporary ornate frame that compliments the engraving beautifully. It is very heavy with a wide moulding that has an ornate recessed design. This engraving was only available via an antique art journal as a double folio, and has a factory fold at the center. The engraving lays very flat and displays magnificently, and is in Near Fine condition. The fourth photograph shows the exaggerated factory fold, rest assured there is no white line there. The frame is also in VG++ condition. (Please excuse any wavy lines, as the camera eye has a hard time capturing the engravers patterning. There is no round mark on the print, it's just overhead can lighting reflection. See the first photo for the best representation of the image.) Overall size is 21.5 x 25.5 inches, ready for hanging.
Bisson's works are highly prized, and this oversize piece is very scarce. The entire engraved piece is shown, no matting.
Edouard Bisson biography: (1856 – 1939)
Fanciful ideas and flowing line characterize Bisson’s studies of graceful feminine types. Distinguished by a certain charm, they agree with Delacroix that “the first quality in a picture is to be a delight for the eyes.” Indeed, Bisson is very well known for his lovely ladies and cupids.
Born in Paris in 1856, Bisson studied art under one of the most successful of French artists, Jean Leon Gerome. He exhibited regularly at the Salon of French Artists of which he was a member.