Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 253

[

J. L . JENSEN
 ‒   
 .
Dahlias, Asters, and Hollyhock on a Sill,

(Georginer, asters og stokroser på en karm)
Oil on canvas,

x
⅓
in. (

x

cm)
Signed and dated lower right: I.L. Jensen

       :
Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.

.
J
ensen was fond of this type of
fl
ower painting presenting a bouquet lying on a table; indeed, it might be
said that he himself developed it. It creates a horizontal, quietly restful composition. The heads of the
dahlias lie like circles of colour intersecting each other, with radiant white against the dark area; there are
fi
ne complementary contrasts in the small
fl
owers overhanging the edge of the table.
The dahlia, which derives fromMexico, was new in Europe in the

’s and became a very popular late
summer
fl
ower in Danish gardens. The hollyhock was a favorite in rustic gardens.
In

Jensen exhibited eleven
fl
ower pieces in the Charlottenborg exhibition, but as they appear only
under the general designation of “
fl
ower pieces,” without further speci
fi
cation, it cannot be determined
whether this painting was among them.
Between

and

, Jensen sold forty-three paintings by lottery in Kunstforeningen (The Copen-
hagen Art Society) and was thus among those most frequently purchased. Unfortunately, the titles are
imprecise and the measurements not indicated, so it is di
ffi
cult to identify the works concerned.
M.T.
The following species are seen in this painting:
 :
Lobelia fulgens Willd, “Lobelia”; dahlia hybrida, “Dahlia”; Aster hybrida (?), “Michaelmas
daisy”; Calendula o
ffi
cinalis L., “Marigold”; Alcea rosea, peony-shaped double
fl
owers, “Hollyhock.”
T.T.
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