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Little is known of Roesen's early life; he was born in Germany and may have received training as a porcelain and enamel painter. A work bearing his name was exhibited in Cologne, Germany in 1847 and we know that the same artist exhibited two works the next year in New York City. His extravagant and highly detailed compositions were a fresh expression of the country's essential optimism and growing wealth. His arrangements tended to be born of imagination as well as observation; while individual blossoms are accurately depicted, he groups together flowers and fruits that peak at different times of year. This allows him to create fantasy bouquets...
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One of America's pre-eminent still life artists, Severin Roesen nonetheless led a life steeped in mystery. While he was originally from Germany, little is known of him until he arrived in America in 1847. Abandoning the neo-classical restraint of American still-life painters like Raphaelle Peale, Roesen created a new, exuberant style that echoed the Baroque Dutch and German painters who inspired him. His crisply detailed and brilliantly colored compositions are some of the most complex paintings in the genre. Wealthy collectors put them on prominent display in their dining rooms to signify their riches, taste, and status. Unfortunately, Roesen's personal...
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Despite the many mysteries that surround his life, Severin Roesen succeeded in forging a new aesthetic style that celebrated American abundance. His still-lifes have become so associated with 19th century American taste and interior design that Jacqueline Kennedy chose to hang several of them during her historic refurbishment of the White House and still others are displayed in the State Departments Diplomatic Reception Rooms. For most of these works, Roesen used a heightened color palette, paying detailed attention to each piece of fruit. Scholar John Wilmerding describes his work as "an inventory of lushnesswith each of natures creations exuberant in its...
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