Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 270

J. L . JENSEN
 ‒   
 .
Poppies and Lilacs
(Valmuer og Syrener)
Oil on panel,
½
x

in. (

x

cm)
Signed lower right: I.L. Jensen
       :
Sotheby’s, Auction ‘Elisabeth,’ London, November
,

, lot
(described as:
Poppies and Lilacs
).
         :
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
n this picture, which is
fi
lled to over
fl
owing, we see spring in all its profusion— not exotic plants, but
spring in a Danish country garden, concentrated in a sophisticated, slightly garish display of colour. The
pale purple lilac, known from every hedge, is combined with the delicate, simple red poppy and branches
bearing white blossoms. Perhaps the painter was also interested in the contrast in size between the three
fl
owers he combined in a single composition.
Because it is a herald of spring, the lilac symbolises the
fi
rst stirrings of love. The poppy expresses doubt.
M.T.
The following
fl
owers are seen in the painting:
  :
Syringa vulgaris L., “Lilac”; Papaver somniferum, “Opium Poppy” and “Opium Poppy
peony-
fl
owered series”; Philadelphus coronarius L., “Mock Orange.”
T.T.

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