A Large American Still Life Painting by Severin Roesen and his Studio.



Still Life with Fruit on a Platter,

Severin Roesen & Roesen Studio,

New York,

Circa 1850

 

Dimensions: Frame: 35 3/4 inches x 49 inches; Picture sight: 25 3/4 inches x 39 1/2 inches

 

The attribution has been made by the Roesen expert, Judith Hansen O’Toole, who wrote Severin Roesen, published 1991 by Bucknell University Press. She is currently the Director and CEO of the Westmoreland Museum in Greensburg, PA.

 

Ms. O'Toole has written to us statingthat..Your painting is of very good quality and can be attributed to Roesen’s studio with some combination of work by Roesen himself along with evidence of work by another hand. It compares in composition to Still Life with Fruit, 1850 (oil on canvas, 26 ¾ x 40 inches, private collection, Chicago) illustrated as plate 52 in my book on the artist. The size of the two canvases is nearly identical and the format is very similar. In the dated piece, the fruit is arranged directly upon the table top (absent the white charger) but the presence of the glass with lemon and spoon, quartered orange, and saucer of cherries links the two pieces. Also, the inclusion of a tomato in both paintings is an unusual element, suggesting further that the paintings were completed in the same year. It can be surmised that Roesen was at work on the dated piece while assisting a student/apprentice with the example under discussion in this letter, linking the two paintings directly to Roesen’s New York studio.



Dealer Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.
Date: 1850.
Origin New York, U.S.A..
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