Barbola Frame Convex Glass Paul de Longpre Roses Butterfly Print.
This gorgeous vintage print has oodles of white bridal roses and pink blushing rosebuds, with a lovely butterfly attending them. The artwork is by the French Victorian watercolor artist, Paul de Longpre (see biography and photograph). The artwork is superb with soft tones and a light blue background. In Victorian times, the white rose symbolized the virtue of Innocent Love. The print is housed in an antique French style barbola frame, which has fancy raised embellishments on each quadrant that have flowers, leaves around a large center cartouche. And, the frame still has its fat chubby antique convex bubble glass, which just makes it all the more beautiful. The print is in fine condition, and the frame is also in VG condition with a nice patina, and very little wear as customary for a piece over 100 years old. Overall size is a generous 16.5 x 23 inches, ready to hang. Do mouse over the photo to see a larger representation of this item. (Please note the quadrant embellishments are symmetrical, it's just the camera angle that makes them appear a little offset.) Postage overages are always cheerfully refunded.
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.