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Jules (Pierre) Baget (French, 1810-1893), Still Life of Roses on a Marble Plinth

Jules (Pierre) Baget (French, 1810-1893), Still Life of Roses on a Marble Plinth

  • $ 28,000.00

Jules (Pierre) Baget (French, 1810-1893)
Still Life of Roses on a Marble Plinth
Watercolor and gouache on vellum
Signed “Jules Baget eleve du Redoute 1840” l.l.
Sight size: 22 x 17 ¼ in.
Frame size: 30 ½ x 26 in.

Born in Chevreuse, near Paris. He exhibited flower watercolors at the 1836 and 1837 Paris Salons, where he was awarded a Medaille de troisieme classe. In Paris, he contributed designs and poems to numerous publications, including several related to his teacher Pierre-Joseph Redoute. Writing:

But thanks to you, cleaver Redoute
And your skillful brush, through heavenly gift
Flora’s bright offerings
Have been lifted from our fields
And, gathered by your hands, these children of Dawn
Spring-time tribe about to be withered by the wind
Will shine forever.

He wrote a lengthy poem at Redoute’s death in 1840:

If ever there was a beloved, graceful and popular painter
Whose smiling genius knew how to please
Like Beauty’s look.
A painter who, like the life-giving sun
Shines, when evening comes, with an enviable brightness
This artist was Redoute.

In the 1840s, Baget turned to politics and journalism, writing for far-left publications including Journal de peuple (the People’s Journal), a French anarchist daily newspaper.

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