Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 256

J. L . JENSEN
 ‒   
 .
Still Life of Fruits with Pineapple,

(Frugstykke, opstilling med ananas, blå og grønne druer i en kurv og ferskener på en stenkarm)
Oil on canvas,
½
x
½
in. (

x

cm)
Signed and dated lower right: I.L. Jensen

       :
Professor C. Barnekow; 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.; Scandinavia House, New York,
Danish Paintings from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough, Selec-
tions from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr.
,

, no.

.
         :
Peter Nisbet,
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century from the Collection of Ambassador John Loeb, Jr.,
Busch-
Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts,

, discussed and ill. p.
: Patricia G. Berman, “Lines of
Solitude, Circles of Alliance, Danish Painting in the Nineteenth Century” in:
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century from the
Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.
, Bruce Museum

, p.

; Patricia G. Berman,
In Another Light, Danish Painting in the Nine-
teenth Century
, New York

, p.

, ill. p.

.
T
he fruit piece makes use of a simple and contrasting application of green and orange. At the same time
there is a strong contrast in shapes between the conical fruits and the radially extending leaves. The
dominant pineapple might be inspired by Gerard van Spaendonck (


) or Jensen’s teacher, C.D.
Fritzsch (


). The immediate impression, however, is that the arrangement is the result of the artist’s
own enthusiasm for the abundance of fresh fruits in a southern clime. It could be a work executed during
the artist’s visit to Italy.
Pineapples symbolise “the duration of true love” in the
fl
ower language of the time. A possible symbol-
ical meaning would depend on whether the painting was a commissioned work, intended as a gift. It may be
that this impressive work once formed part of Christian Fenger’s collection. Fenger was King Frederik VI’s
personal physician. Martinus Rørbye painted a portrait of Fenger (Ribe Kunstmuseum) in which two
fl
ower
paintings can be seen hanging on the wall. It is not known whether there were any paintings by J.L Jensen
among those he owned. (Kasper Monrad,
Hverdagsbilleder,
Copenhagen,

, p.

). The Barnekow family,
to whom this fruit piece once belonged, were descendants of Fenger.
M.T.
The following fruits can be seen in the painting:
Ananas, “Pineapple”; Prunus persica, “Peach”; Corylus avellana, “Hazel”; Rubus spec. (?), “Berries”; Vitis
vinjifera, “Grape Vine”.
T.T.
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