Victorian Antique Print Pink La France Roses Yard Long by Paul de Longpre.
This truly outstanding artwork is by the French Victorian watercolorist, Paul de Longpre (see photo and biography below). It is a yard long print entitled La France Roses by Paul de Longpre. The roses are casually laid upon a tabletop to suggest they were freshly gathered, and there are even dewdrops on the leaves. Indeed the artwork is superb, and this is one of de Longpre's most sought-after yardlong prints. The colors are wonderful. Keep in mind the left side has some glass glare, but rest assured, the color hues are even throughout the print--see the closeup photo of the left side for the best color representation. This print comes from the personal collection of Nancy C. Hall, the author of the book The Life and Art of Paul de Longpre. It is autographed by Nancy on the back, stating it is from her personal collection.
De Longpre often remarked that the first hybrid tea rose, the La France, was his favorite. This print is a chromolithograph, and the color layers align in perfect register. It was made by the Art Interchange Magazine in 1903, and was also given as a premium for Fleischmann's. This print is in VG condition with just a couple small age spots, one at either end, small and not detracting, but mentioned for accuracy, and it has almost no wear at all. (Any wavy areas seen are enhanced because the photo was taken flat, hanging they are not an issue.) This print is complete, with the title shown at the bottom center. Overall size is 11.75 x 37 inches, ready to hang. The print is housed in a gold painted composite Juhl frame, with burnished brass corner embellishments that have roses, leaves and ribbons. This print really is in fantastic condition, and these old yard longs in this nice shape are becoming so very hard to acquire. Layaway is welcome, see our terms. These old yard long beauties are perfect over doorways, the bed, kitchen nook, anywhere for a splendid focal point of any rose print or painting collection.
Paul de Longpre biography:
Paul de Longpré (b. 1855, d. 1911), a French Victorian flower painter, was born in Villeurbanne, France (a suburb of Lyon). He was self-taught at a young age, favoring the little daisy and La France hybrid rose. De Longpre exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon, but eventually lost most of his money in a bank collapse. He then emigrated to the United States in 1890, living in New York. In an age when many artists were painting oils on dark, moody canvasses, de Longpre gained fame with his cheery, bright watercolor studies through a New York exhibition in the dead of winter.
He eventually moved to Hollywood in 1899 where flowers were more plentiful year round, and befriended many influential residents and politicians. There he built a palatial Moorish style mansion, which became quite a large tourist attraction, and gleaned the coveted first stop on the famous Balloon Route Excursion. Tourists would walk from the rail cars into his rose garden, where they could enjoy his 3,000 rose bushes in full bloom, tour the mansion, and also buy original watercolor paintings. De Longpre was one a very few artists who gained recognition and fame during his lifetime, and he was quite successful, parlaying his paintings into many different 1890’s media, such as: chromolithographic prints, celluloid mirror and photo albums, sheet music, shaving mirrors, seed and perfume displays, as well as using the studies for countless advertising prints. He died at the young age 56, from tuberculosis, a common malady at that time, after a long battle with an ear infection. He was survived by his three daughters, none of whom had children. His wife Josephine, and his daughter Pauline moved back to France after the mansion was sold, and in 1925, the mansion was demolished to make room for new bungalow housing. His watercolor paintings and chromolithograph prints are his greatest legacy, and are highly sought after.