Severin Roesen (American, 1815-1872) Still Life of Fruit and Wine on a Table 30 x 44in

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Lot 26
Severin Roesen
(American, 1815-1872)
Still Life of Fruit and Wine on a Table 30 x 44in

Sold for US$ 84,000 inc. premium

American Paintings

28 Nov 2007, 17:00 EST

New York

Severin Roesen (American, 1815-1872)
Still Life of Fruit and Wine on a Table
signed 'S. Roesen/1853' (lower right)
oil on canvs
30 x 44in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private Collection, New Jersey

    Note:
    In a letter dated September 30, 2007 Judith Hansen O’Toole states; “…the above noted painting is, in my opinion, an authentic work by the artist, Severin Roesen, who was born in Germany circa 1816 and died in the United States circa 1872. Active in New York and Pennsylvania from 1848 until 1872, Roesen painted still life paintings of fruits and flowers exclusively throughout his career. Initially trained in Germany in the decorative arts tradition as a painter on porcelain, Roesen developed a style that included great attention to naturalistic detail and an interest in brilliant color. He has become one of the most important artists of the American still life school from the nineteenth century.

    Still Life of Fruit on a Table is both signed and dated by the artist, which is important because Roesen signed fewer than half of his works and dated only a handful. His reasons for selecting the few he dated are unknown. It can be surmised that these are the ones he intended for exhibition or that he did so at the behest of the purchaser, however it can be noted that the signed canvases are exceptional works by the painter. In 1853 Severin Roesen was in New York City where his work was exhibited, including the American Art Union. He was in the city from 1848 until 1857/58.

    The painting described above has a horizontal format and shows an elaborate yet balanced composition with a single, grey marble table top upon which is arranged a variety of fruit. Two containers are used to separate the bounty: a parian epergne decorated at the foot with cabbage roses, and a white plate upon which rests a glass of white wine. The epergne was a favorite device of the artist used in such compositions as "Still Life with Fruit" (oil on canvas 27 x 32in) in the Collection of the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Similarly, the dessert plate often appears in the lower left quadrant of his compositions bearing assorted glasses including the fluted pilsner in "Nature’s Bounty" (oil on canvas, 30 x 40in) in the White House Collection. This latter work, dated 1851, was painted just two years prior to the work currently under discussion and has similar compositional balance.

    Roesen’s technique is present throughout this composition revealing his carefully painted surfaces and thin layers of pigment suspended in glazes. His attention to detail in the rendering of each separate piece of fruit shows his skill with oils and his European training as a decorative painter on porcelain. The color is richly vibrant with the light and dark fruits arranged throughout the composition to create a sense of depth and dimension.”
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