Absolutely stunning is the perfect way to describe this oil pastel painting. It is a glorious study of cabbage roses, taken after the Victorian artist, Paul de Longpre's study, "A Basket of Beauties". Many aspiring Victorian artists used de Longpre's studies to further their own art education, as he was often referred to as the "King of the Flower Painters" (b. 1855, d. 1911). This rendition is just beautiful, superbly executed with a practiced hand, with deep pink cabbage roses spilling from an overturned handled basket. Long before the American Beauty rose was hybridized, the old roses from whence it came were truly a deep pink such as this grouping. No doubt they had a sweet perfume to match!
A wonderful gift, roses that never fade... This pastel oil painting is housed in it's original frame, with the original old glass, and the back is still intact. The frame has a burnished gold tone, with the usual wear, mostly at the corners, with some verdigris patina at the edges. The painting's background coloring is a light greenish color with blue tints, not as dark as the first framed photo, but not as light as the last one either. The frame coloring is not bright gold, but very toned down with a burnished patina (see closeup of corner). The painting size is aprox 16 x 22 inches, and the overall size with the frame is aprox 23 x 28.75 inches. Please excuse any glass reflection whitish lines in the photos. There are a few specks of dirt under the glass, but since this beauty is all intact, I'll let the new owner decide if they wish to take it apart to clean.