A Charming Late 19thC Naïve School Oil on Canvas; Still Life of Flowers


Origin: English
Period: Late Nineteenth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1890-1900
Canvas Height: 19.5 inches
Canvas Width: 15.5 inches
With Frame: 26 X 22 inches

Painted in oils on canvas in the naïve style, depicting a still life of largely chrysanthemum flowers in whites, pinks, greens and oranges, upon a smoky ebony ground, the posy bunched in a gold vase sat on a ledge, the whole presented in its original acorn leaf gilt wood and gesso frame.

The painting is apparently unsigned and has some wear to its surface with a slight layer of craquelure but no holes, loss or damage. Verso we can partly make out a framers stamp; ‘Prepared by ??????sson & Co Ltd, ? London, NW”. It could be cleaned if so desired. There is some loss to the frame.

The composition has a sense of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s 1881 picture ‘Bouquet of Chrysanthemums’ about it in terms of the palette used and it may have provided an inspiration to this work. The use of the dark background was a common trend used by still life artists that only really changed with the likes of Monet’s works and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in 1888.

An attractive and decorative picture illustrating the simple balance and beauty of inanimate objects.