Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 269

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
J. L . JENSEN
 ‒   
 .
Red and White Camellias
(Røde og hvide kameliaer)
Oil on canvas,
½
x
⅓
in. (

x

cm)
Signed lower left: I.L. Jensen
       :
Arne Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.

.
C
amellias were usually cultivated in pots, but Jensen approaches so closely here that we can see only the
uppermost part of the plants (which generally
fl
ower in the wintertime). We are confronted with a
white camellia in front of a red one, both
fl
owering very profusely. It is scarcely possible to imagine any
fl
ower opening more than a camellia, but it takes some time before the tight buds open gradually to full
blossom. Jensen has portrayed all these stages in a colour composition dramatized with contrasts.
In symbolic language, the camellia signi
fi
es transitoriness and pride.
In

, Jensen painted a red camellia in a pot together with hyacinths and auriculas; the present owner
is unknown.
M.T.
The following species is seen in the painting:
Camelia japonica L., “Camellia.”
T.T.
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