Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 259

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
J. L . JENSEN
 ‒   
 .
Strawberries and Flowers,

(Jordbær og roser)
Oil on panel,

x

in. (

.
x

cm)
Signed lower right: I.L. Jensen

       :
Queen Caroline Amalie; the Queen’s estate auction in Amalienborg

April

, lot

(described as:
En Skaal
med Jordbær og en Bouket Roser
); Miss. F. Treschow (

); Viola Hedemann; Helge Harth.
I
t might be imagined that this quite small picture was commissioned as a present from a suitor. There is
in a glass vase a bouquet combining pink cabbage roses, lilies-of-the-valley and auriculas, radiating the
gentleness that is so characteristic of Jensen. The
fl
at dish of strawberries on fresh leaves provides a
fi
ne dis-
sonance in colour. The strawberries, like the rose, represent the desire for love, whereas the lily-of-the-valley
and the auricula both symbolise childish innocence and a receptive mind.
A painting of the same nature, bearing the same date, and similarly painted on board, was also sold in
the auction of the dowager Queen Caroline Amalie’s e
ff
ects. It bore the title
A Bowl of Strawberries and a
Bouquet of Roses
,

. The measurements, however, are not the same (
¾
x

inches or c.

,
x

cm). The
picture similar to that in the Loeb collection was also sold to Miss F. Treschow. Jensen exhibited four fruit
and
fl
ower pieces at Charlottenborg in

. In

, in a somewhat larger picture, Jensen painted strawber-
ries alone, placed in a Greek kylix.
In

, one of the most important Copenhagen daily newspapers,
Flyve Posten
, contained the follow-
ing comment on Jensen: “This artist excels in verisimilitude and brilliance in his colours, an elegant and
skilled use of the brush, and taste in combining and arranging the objects portrayed; indeed Jensen even
knows how to introduce poetry into this realm.”
M.T.
The following
fl
owers and fruits can be seen in the painting:
Rosa centifolia “Major” L. pre-

, “Cabbage Rose”; Convallaria majalis, “Lily-of-the valley”; blue,
fi
ve-
petalled
fl
owers (Myosotis?) (Forget-me-not?); Primula hybrida, “Auricula”; Fragaria hybrida,
“Strawberry.”
T.T.
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