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Severin Roesen (American, c. 1815 – c. 1872)

Still Life with Flowers, Fruit and Bird’s Nest

Still Life with Flowers, Fruit and Bird’s Nest

c. 1865
oil on canvas
36 x 28 1/2 in.

Gift of Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph. D. in loving memory of her husband Thomas H. Jacobsen, AG.2003.2.1

This extremely fine example highlights Severin Roesen’s virtuosity as a still life painter.  His work is widely admired for its botanical accuracy and the variety of floral elements represented as well as the artist’s technical skills and draftsmanship.  This graceful, vibrant still life features elements that speak not only of luxury, wealth and abundance but also of the fragility of all living things.    

Still life paintings often contain veiled allusions to the inevitability of decay and death.  Individual elements may be symbols that support such readings.  For example, this painting depicts a bird’s nest with eggs that may symbolize the promise of new life.  The number of eggs (three) may allude to the Holy Trinity just as the grapes may allude to the Christian mysteries of the Eucharist.

Visitor's Comments:

"Love the colors – very vibrant. The dew drops on the flowers and fruit look so real I always want to dry the painting." - anonymous

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American
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Catalog Number: 
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Permanent Artist First Name: 
Severin
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Roesen
Permanent Image: 
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Yes
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1865
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Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br /> 36 x 28 1/2 in.

This extremely fine example highlights Severin Roesen’s virtuosity as a still life painter.  His work is widely admired for its botanical accuracy and the variety of floral elements represented as well as the artist’s technical skills and draftsmanship.  This graceful, vibrant still life features elements that speak not only of luxury, wealth and abundance but also of the fragility of all living things.    

Still life paintings often contain veiled allusions to the inevitability of decay and death.  Individual elements may be symbols that support such readings.  For example, this painting depicts a bird’s nest with eggs that may symbolize the promise of new life.  The number of eggs (three) may allude to the Holy Trinity just as the grapes may allude to the Christian mysteries of the Eucharist.

Permanent Gift: 
Gift of Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph. D. in loving memory of her husband Thomas H. Jacobsen
Permanent Quote: 
"Love the colors – very vibrant. The dew drops on the flowers and fruit look so real I always want to dry the painting." <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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This extremely fine example highlights Severin Roesen’s virtuosity as a still life painter.  His work is widely admired for its botanical accuracy and the variety of floral elements represented as well as the artist’s technical skills and draftsmanship.  This graceful, vibrant still life features elements that speak not only of luxury, wealth and abundance but also of the fragility of all living things.    

Still life paintings often contain veiled allusions to the inevitability of decay and death.  Individual elements may be symbols that support such readings.  For example, this painting depicts a bird’s nest with eggs that may symbolize the promise of new life.  The number of eggs (three) may allude to the Holy Trinity just as the grapes may allude to the Christian mysteries of the Eucharist.

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Permanent Gift: 
Gift of Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph. D. in loving memory of her husband Thomas H. Jacobsen
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Permanent Quote: 
"Love the colors – very vibrant. The dew drops on the flowers and fruit look so real I always want to dry the painting." <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
c. 1815 – c. 1872
Catalog Number: 
AG.2003.2.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Severin
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Roesen
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
Yes
Permanent Year: 
1865
Permanent Period: 
Late 18th and 19th Century American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br /> 36 x 28 1/2 in.

This extremely fine example highlights Severin Roesen’s virtuosity as a still life painter.  His work is widely admired for its botanical accuracy and the variety of floral elements represented as well as the artist’s technical skills and draftsmanship.  This graceful, vibrant still life features elements that speak not only of luxury, wealth and abundance but also of the fragility of all living things.    

Still life paintings often contain veiled allusions to the inevitability of decay and death.  Individual elements may be symbols that support such readings.  For example, this painting depicts a bird’s nest with eggs that may symbolize the promise of new life.  The number of eggs (three) may allude to the Holy Trinity just as the grapes may allude to the Christian mysteries of the Eucharist.

Permanent Gift: 
Gift of Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph. D. in loving memory of her husband Thomas H. Jacobsen
Permanent Quote: 
"Love the colors – very vibrant. The dew drops on the flowers and fruit look so real I always want to dry the painting." <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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