Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 74

PRINCESS AUGUSTA OF HESSEN-KASSEL
   ‒  
 .
Still Life with Flowers
(Blomsterstilleben med rød ixora, gul allamanda og orkidégren)
Oil on canvas,

x
⅔
in. (

x

cm)
Inscribed on stretcher: Prinsesse Augusta
       :
Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.

.
T
his is one of the types of
fl
ower painting depicting the
fl
owers at close quarters, such as is also found
in some of J.L. Jensen’s compositions. The combination of yellow and purple was typical of the age.
Together with the red hydrangea, the e
ff
ect is one of discordance and dissonance in the colour and does not
suggest a composition unquestionably seeking harmony.
M.T.
The following
fl
ower species are seen in the painting:
Looking from top to bottom: Hydrangea hybrida, “Hortensia,” Allemanda cathartica L., “Golden Trum-
pet” and possibly an orchid.
The princess has probably made a “guess-what-it-is” painting with three di
ff
erent varieties growing on
the same bush, which itself seems to be some sort of evergreen Prunus, “Cherry Laurel.”
T.T.
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