Raul Maucherat de Longpré (French, 1843-1911)
Bouquet of Lilacs and Bouquet of Lilacs and Roses
Watercolor and gouache on paper, signed lower right and having antique carved and gilt wood frames
Sight Size: 24.5” x 19.5” (Lilacs), 26.5" x 20.5" (Lilacs and Roses)
Frame Size: 39.25 ” x 34.25” (Lilacs), 40" x 34" (Lilacs and Roses)
De Longpré was born to a family of artists, the most famous his brother Paul de Longpré. Raul began his studies with Paul, and was already earning a living at the age of twelve painting flowers on fans. He debuted at the Paris Salon in 1876 and exhibited again in 1880 and 1890 with a variety of flora still lifes.
De Longpré’s favorite flower was the lilac which he painted by itself or in combination with roses, chrysanthemums and other blooms. His great attention to detail would seem to indicate that he closely studied the botany of the flowers. His paintings were almost always of cut flowers, focussing on the the blooms, often like these two works of bouquets that appear to be floating in the air.
Among the museums which hold his work in their collections are the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation (Pittsburgh, PA), the Fleischer Museum (Scottsdale, AZ) and the Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC).
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