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$ 425,000

Nature's Bounty with Fruit and Wine

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 19th Century
Materials Oil on canvas
W. 38.75 in; H. 29.13 in;
W. 98.43 cm; H. 73.99 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date about 1865
Description Little is known about the early life and artistic training of the exceptional, mid-nineteenth century still life specialist, Paul Lacroix. Born in France, he is first encountered in the United States living on the Lower East Side of New York, about 1855. It is thought that Lacroix may have worked in the studio of the still-life painter, Severin Roesen, partly because his work seems to show Roesen’s influence, and partly because it was about when Roesen departed New York for Philadelphia that Lacroix’s name first appears. By 1867 Lacroix had relocated to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he lived until his death in 1869.

Lacroix exhibited at the National Academy of Design, New York, from 1863 on, and at the Brooklyn Art Association in 1867. Although he exhibited some landscapes at the former institution, and included landscape elements in backgrounds of such compositions as Strawberries, (1862, location unknown; see William H. Gerdts, “Paul Lacroix,” in The Magazine Antiques CII [Nov. 1972], p. 856 fig. 3), and Still Life in Landscape Setting (1867, formerly with Hirschl & Adler Galleries; see Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1976, The American Experience, exhib. cat., no. 42 illus. in color), Lacroix was essentially a still life specialist. In his own time Lacroix’s work appears to have been highly desirable, as confirmed by the repeated names of lenders listed with many of his exhibited works.

Nature’s Bounty with Fruit and Wine, a double-tiered composition lavishly amassed with fruit, leaves, baskets, nuts, sparkling wine, and other objects, is one of Paul Lacroix’s largest and most elaborate still life arrangements, one of very few such sumptuous paintings by Lacroix that have appeared. Two others are Nature’s Bounty (46 x 56 in.; collection of The New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; see Gerdts, op. cit., p. 858 fig. 6), and The Abundance of Summer (24 3/8 x 29 1/2 in.; collection of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain).
Styles / Movements Realism
Dealer Reference Number APG 8740
Incollect Reference Number 283187
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