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Masterfully large Belle Epoque still life with roses and grapes at the fontain was executed by renowed and high listed Belgian flower painter of 19th century Henri Robbe (1807 Courtrai - 1899 Brussels). Painter of flowers and fruit. After having taught music in Paris for many years, he joined his brother Louis Robbe in Brussels in 1840. From then on, he painted and took part each year in the Brussels Exhibitions and was very succesful. He also exhibited in Paris, London and Vienna. his works represented in the Museums in Ghent, Courtrai, Brussels and Mons. For comparison see additional photos with famous works by Robbe including works sold with high results by international auctions.
Literature: Berko "Dictionary of flower painters , Belgian and Dutch artists born between 1750 and 1880), Brussels, 1995; * Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, 2002, Band XXXI, S. 392. * Thieme-Becker: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Leipzig,1999; E. Benezit " Dictionary of painters, sculptors, decorators and etchers"(in French), Paris, 1999.
Inscription: signed lower left, on the frame lower in the middle - original antique bronze plaque with the name of the artist.
Technique: oil on canvas. Luxuriousy original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 29" x h 36 1/4 " (73,5 x 92 cm), framed w 39 5/8" x h 46 1/2 " (100,5 x 118 cm).
Condition: in very good condition, canvas professionally relined.