Description: Paul DeLongpré (American/French, 1855-1911), Roses and Lilacs, gouache, signed lower right, sight: 25.75″h x 20″w, overall (with frame): 38″h x 31″w
Paul de Longpré (1855–1911), was a French painter of flowers, who worked mainly in the United States. He painted only perfect specimens of flowers. With a delicacy of touch and feeling for color he united scientific knowledge and art. He also knew how to give expression to the subtle essence of the flowers. Painting floral scenes almost exclusively in watercolors, in the 1900s de Longpre found inspiration in the 4,000 rose bushes he planted on his Hollywood estate. The finest of his paintings include Double Peach Blossoms and White Fringed Poppies (1902) – both widely known through popular reproductions.