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Still Life - Flowers and Fruit by Severin Roesen

A stunning still life counted cross stitch chart or counted cross stitch kit from the Scarlet Quince Still Life Fine Art Collection.

Severin Roesen (ca. 1815-1872) is a painter known for his abundant fruit and flower still lifes and is today recognised as one of the major American still-life painters of the mid-nineteenth century. Born in Cologne, in Germany, he emigrated to the United States in 1848.

Little is known about Roesen. He came to New York around 1848 and exhibited for several years there at the American Art-Union. He probably left that city in the mid-1850s, and settled in Williamsport around 1860. His whereabouts after 1872 remain uncertain.

The Williamsport Sun and Banner reports in 1895:

His studio was much frequented by his friends, who would sit all day with this genial, well read and generous companion, smoking his pipes and drinking his beer, and he was seldom without this beverage. . . . In one corner of the finished painting would always appear the faint outline of a beer glass, and when a customer objected to its presence, he would say, 'Why, do you not like beer?' and then take it out.

A large number of Roesens were discovered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the booming lumber town where the artist lived from about 1860 to 1872. Roesen's pictures of nature's abundance found a ready market in the town's growing population (many of German descent) of prosperous merchants and lumbermen, who purchased them to adorn their newly built homes as well as taverns, restaurants, and hotels. One hotelier and brewer, Jacob Flock, owned more than fifty paintings by Roesen, which were presumably traded for lodging and for beer, the artist's favorite beverage.

This piece is a lush and colourful bouquet of flowers in a footed glass bowl standing on a marble ledge alongside a heap of fruit. The bouquet includes pink, white, yellow, and red roses, morning glories, daisies, tulips, irises, and other flowers; the fruit is white, red, and purple grapes, pink raspberries, pineapple, oranges, peaches, and a pomegranite. There is also a bird's nest containing three white eggs. (1850-55)

Approx: 25" x 31" or 63 x 79cm - when worked on 18ct or 36ct.

You can also choose to have this design in kit form - list of DMC threads used.

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