Paul de Longpre Autograph Poppies Daisies Print.
This rare gorgeous floral study is by the celebrated Victorian artist, Paul de Longpre (b.1855 Villeurbanne, France, d. 1911 Los Angeles, CA). This French Victorian watercolorist is well listed in all the art books (Davenports), as well as AskArt. Most people don't know, but Paul's favorite flower was first and foremost the little white daisy. When de Longpre came West from New York in 1900, he also favored the California Poppy, and painted many studies of poppies, some in vases, others in old Indian woven baskets. This antique chromolithograph print was made by Kaufmann & Strauss, and underneath the mat it measures 15 x 20 inches.
This print was hand-autographed by de Longpre himself, in fountain pen ink, as follows: "To Mr. and Mrs. Fred Byron, Sincerely Yours, P. de Longpre". The script he used is quite decorative, what one would expect considering the flair for which he painted watercolors. No doubt this was a print sold and autographed at his estate, as he was often found browsing in his garden, right alongside his guests. What is so wonderful about this piece is that one can imagine that de Longpre himself held this print in his hands to sign, and probably blew on it a bit to dry the ink. De Longpre often provided hidden details into his paintings, and if you look closely at the glass vase, you can see a window reflection. Gathered at the base of the vase are a few violet sprigs. The burnished gold frame echoes the golden poppies, and the softly textured faux suede mat with an embossed leaf design is just spectacular. Also inside the green mat is a gold accent mat. This print is over 100 years old . ALL the framing and matting work was completed in archival materials, acid-free mats, and UV plexiglass--museum quality. The overall size with the frame is aprox 22 x 25 inches. (Please note that the colors are brighter and more colorful than the photos show.) This print comes from the collection of Nancy C. Hall, the author of the book "The Life & Art of Paul de Longpre".
This print is an antique chromolithograph. Chromo's were very labor intensive to make, as a stone was required for each color layer. Layer upon layer of oil-based inks give the color hues an almost pearly sheen, rich, even bleeding somewhat to the backside. As many as 20 stones may have been required to make a single print. All of the color transfers had to align perfectly, or the image would be blurry. This one is right on. Color prints changed over to what we now know as photolithography around 1900. By 1910, chromo's were virtually phased out. This is an exceptional piece of artwork, scarce indeed!