Raoul Maucherat de Longpre
French, b. 1843
Lilacs and Roses
Signed Raoul M. d. Longpre fil. (lr)
Gouache on paper
26 3/4 x 20 3/4 inches
Private collection, CT
Although Raoul Maucherat de LongprÃ© probably did not leave his native France, his work was exhibited in America through the efforts of his younger brother, Paul de LongprÃ©, who emigrated to this country in 1890. A dedicated painter of flowers, Raoul de LongprÃ© specialized in images of lilacs and roses. Among his favorite formats is that in this gouache, in which cut flowers are arranged on a stone plinth, with a few branches trailing over the edge to add a trompe l'oeil effect. Gouache was de LongprÃ©'s preferred medium. His ability to use it with both precision and delicacy may be seen in this work. Such images, in which lilacs (symbols of purity and youthful innocence) and roses (symbols of love) were arranged in lush abundance, were well suited to the homes of Victorian America.
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