Today's Hours
Museum: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Today's Hours
Museum: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Flower Piece
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 in which beautiful blooms and fruits
simultaneously appear in their most perfect forms - as one critic points out,
"botanically impossible, but delightful to imagine all the same."