Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 254

J. L . JENSEN
 ‒   
 .
Basket of Flowers and Fruits,

(Opstilling med druer, ferskner,
fi
gner, vindruer og granatœbler i en kurv på marmorplade,
hvorpå georginer, liljer og snerler)
Oil on canvas,
⅔
x
¼
in. (

x

cm)
Signed and dated lower right: I.L. Jensen

       :
Arne Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.

.
         :
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums,
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century from the Col-
lection of Ambassador John Loeb, Jr.,

, no.

; Bruce Museum of Art and Science, Greenwich, Connecticut and The Frances
Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, New York,
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century from the Collection of Ambassador
John L. Loeb, Jr.
,

, no.
, ill.
         :
Peter Nisbet,
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century from the Collection of Ambassador John Loeb, Jr.,
Busch-
Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts,

, p.
.
T
he full and compact arrangement consists of a basket of fruit on a marble plinth on which there is a
pumpkin and a bunch of
fl
owers: lilies, dahlias and a succulent-like blue
fl
ower. The cracked pome-
granate is reminiscent of a Dutch still-life painting, where it often symbolises immortality or fertility.
Grapes,
fi
g leaves and peaches betoken exotic fruits, so the picture could have been painted during the
artist’s visit to the south of France and Italy, which he started in

. He may have seen Caravaggio’s
Bas-
ket of Fruit
(now in Ambrosiana, Milano) or perhaps, like every other Scandinavian, he was merely fasci-
nated with the glorious sweetness of the fruit.
It is di
ffi
cult to know whether any message lies hidden in the images, couched in the
fl
ower language
of the time, i.e. the symbolical language implicit especially in bouquets presented to the chosen one. Care
has to be taken, however, not to force works of art into a
fi
xed pattern in the nature of a picture puzzle.
Cheeks as soft as peaches is still a phrase used today. In the

th century, the peach also symbolised full
lips. The apricot asks: Were you always as content as you are now? The pumpkin symbolises determination.
The white lily, the Virgin’s
fl
ower from the annunciation symbolises purity, humility and a woman’s dignity.
Jensen exhibited sixteen di
ff
erent
fl
ower and fruit pieces at Charlottenborg in

.
M.T.
The following
fl
owers and fruits are seen in the picture:
  ,   :
Lily buds, grapes, malus baccata (L.) Moench. (?), “Siberian Crab”; Ficus
carica, “Fig”; Prunus persica Batsch, “Peach”; Punica granatum L., “Pomegranate.” On the plinth, from
the left: Lilium candidum L., “Madonna Lily”; Dahlia hybrida (?), “Dahlia”; Sedum telephium L. (ssp.
maximum?), “Stonecrop”; Ipomea tricolor Cav. Syn.: Ipomea rubrocaerula (?) “Waterlily”; Cucurbita
pep L., “Pumpkin.”
T.T.
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