Midnight Garden Paperweight from The Met Museum


Still Life: Flowers and Fruit (1850 and 1855) by Severin Roesen (American, b. Prussia, 1816-1872), an exceptionally large still life in The Met collection, represents the artist at his best. It is undated but was probably painted in the mid-19th century when he was living in New York. The brilliant color, technical virtuosity, and elaborate, tightly-packed composition are all characteristic of someone who trained as a porcelain painter, while the bountiful subject is a lush example of the Victorian proclivity for abundance.

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