19th Century, Tulips and Hyacinths, Désire de Keghel (1839-1901)
Superb, 19th century Belgian still life, 'Tulips and Hyacinths,' by Désire de Keghel (1839-1901). Masterful chiaroscuro with pops of shell pink and white tulips contrasting with the deep, dark background. An amethyst hydrangea stands tall in its plant pot. Sensational silver handled letter opener sitting on a pile of buff and moss books.
Signed "De Keghel D." lower right
About the artist
Désiré de Keghel was a Belgian visual artist who was born in 1839 in Ghent into an artistic family. His elder brother, Jules together with several cousins were also to pursue painting as a career. As a young man he studied at the Academy of Ghent, receiving a classic Flemish training concentrating on working in a tight, realist manner. Graduating in 1862, he established a studio in Ghent and commenced his career as a professional artist. He included both still-lifes and figurative pieces in his oeuvre each handled with the same degree of exactitude. In 1877 he exhibited his now famous ‘Azaleas’, a rich floral composition, now housed at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten at Kortrijk in Belgium, to rave reviews. Apart from this painting his work can also be seen at the Museum of Ghent.
Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Musical Instruments and a Music Score with Flowers on a Table' sold at Christie's South Kensington 'IMPRESSIONIST AND 19TH CENTURY PICTURES' in 1998 for $7,261. The artist died in 1901.
Original Gilt Frame
Frame: Width X Height
CM: 62 x 72
Inches: 24 x 28 1/2
CM: 51 x 61
Inches: 20 x 24
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Provenance: Belgian School
Date; 19th Century