Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929) Peonies 30 x 40in (overall: 39 x 49in)

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Lot 61
Franz A. Bischoff
(1864-1929)
Peonies 30 x 40in

Sold for US$ 137,000 inc. premium
Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929)
Peonies
signed 'Franz A. Bischoff' (lower right)
oil on canvas
30 x 40in
overall: 39 x 49in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Petersen Galleries, Beverly Hills, California.
    Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Kantor.

    Exhibited
    Beverly Hills, Petersen Galleries, The Paintings of Franz A. Bischoff: A Retrospective Exhibition, March 27 – April 19, 1980.
    Oakland, The Oakland Museum of California, Impressionism: California View (1890-1930), September 22 - May 1982.
    Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, Down Garden Paths: The Floral Environment in American Art, October 1 - November 30, 1983.
    Evanston, Illinois, Terra Museum of American Art, Down Garden Paths: The Floral Environment in American Art, December 13, 1983 - February 12, 1984.
    Seattle, Henry Art Gallery, Down Garden Paths: The Floral Environment in American Art, March 2 - May 27, 1984.
    Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, California Light, April 21, 1991 - June 2, 1991.
    Laguna Beach, Laguna Art Museum, California Light 1900 - 1930, traveling exhibition 1990 - 1991.
    Irvine, The Irvine Museum, Peaceful Awakening, Spring in California, January 20 – May 12, 2007.
    Irvine, The Irvine Museum, All Things Bright & Beautiful, Paintings from The Irvine Museum, traveling exhibition 2008 - 2009.

    Literature
    Jean Stern, The Paintings of Franz A. Bischoff: A Retrospective Exhibition, Petersen Galleries, Beverly Hills, 1980, pl. 11, illustrated in color, listed in checklist.
    Patricia Trenton, California Light 1900 – 1930, Laguna Beach, 1990, pl. 171, p. 162, illustrated in color, listed in checklist, p. 190.
    Jean Stern, Franz A. Bischoff: the Life & Art of an American Master, Irvine, 2010, p. 67, illustrated in color.

    In his early career as a china painter, Franz Bischoff ground and manufactured many of his own colors. He opened his second school in New York and participated in exhibitions, winning awards and earning a reputation as the "King of the Rose Painters". In 1906, riding high with an established reputation and money in his pocket, Bischoff moved to Los Angeles.

    Setting up a temporary studio in the Blanchard Building, he began the planning and arrangements to build what surely must have been his dream home and studio. It was completed in 1908 - a large and impressive building of Italian Renaissance style located on the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena. Besides living quarters, it included a large gallery for public exhibitions, a complete ceramic workshop and a painting studio with a superb view of the wooded canyon and distant mountains. This natural setting was the subject of a majority of his early landscape paintings and floral studies. Although best known in his later years as a landscape painter, Bischoff never strayed from his love of flowers. His early years as a china painter served him well, as today his floral works are some of his most sought-after compositions. Peonies exemplifies the artist's eye for composition, as he fills the entire large canvas with flowers. Nothing else seems to matter in the scene but the menagerie of colors and swirls of different shaped petals.

    Bischoff's critics often noted his strengths as a superb colorist, often credited to his china painting background. He came to become a distinguished and highly successful artisan who raised china painting to a fine art form in the gentle climate and scenic environment of California, a plein air painter who left a rich legacy of expressive works which reflect enchantment with an amicable frontier.

    Jean Stern, who organized the first, extensive modern day exhibition of Bischoff's works in the early 1980s at Petersen Galleries in Beverly Hills, observed, Many of his later works...suggest a slight flirtation with Expressionism, with a bold juxtaposition of colors reminiscent of the Fauves' aim to 'liberate color from its role in nature,' and explore the psychological power of color.
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