Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 260

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]
J. L . JENSEN
 ‒   
 .
Bouquet of Field Flowers with Butter
fl
ies,

(Markbuket med aks og sommerfugle)
Oil on canvas,

x
⅓
in. (

x

cm)
Signed and dated lower right: I.L. Jensen

       :
Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.

.
         :
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.
I
t frequently happens that Jensen places his subjects in a natural setting, portraying his
fl
owers on the root,
but usually linked to beech trunks and against a landscape background. Here, he is content to allow a
branch to sway in the background, and he goes quite close up to the
fl
owers of the
fi
eld. He thereby cre-
ates a very Danish June bouquet consisting of blue corn
fl
owers, red poppies and white oxeye daisies. The
barley at the back is a little too ripe to correspond to the time of year when the other
fl
owers would be
blooming, but they could presumably appear at the same time. In any event the artist has chosen to show
both. The narrow grassy foreground is unusual. The lighting seems to be one commonly employed by
Jensen, an indoor rather than outdoor light source.
Jensen had already shown an interest in this motif the previous year, for on
January

Kunst-
foreningen (the Copenhagen Art Society), sold a painting by lottery, entitled
Markblomster og Insecter
(
Field
Flowers and Insects
), and in

another one was disposed of in the same way, this time simply called
Mark-
blomster
(
Flowers of the Field)—
owners unknown.
M.T.
The following
fl
owers are seen in the painting:
 :
Malt; Leuchantemum vulgare, “Oxeye daisy”; Papaver rhoeas L. (?), “Corn poppy”; Centau-
rea cyanus, “Corn
fl
ower” or “Bluebottle.”
T.T.
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