Roses on a Spanish guitar by Margaretha Roosenboom
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Margaretha Roosenboom

Roses on a Spanish guitar 1850 - 1896

CanvasPaintOil paint
111 ⨯ 76 cm
€ 68.000

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About the artwork

Provenance: private collection South Africa

The first painting lessons Margaretha Roosenboom had were from her father, N.J. Roosenboom, while her grandfather, Andreas Schelfhout, taught her the art of watercolour. She preferred painting flowers in their most natural state, arranged in vases or casually put down in a bunch on a forest floor or stone plinth. Consequently, also wild flowers or those that have already flowered appear in her still lifes. In this she deliberately broke with the 18th century tradition of carefully arranged, extravagant still lifes. Often a particular type of flower, like a rose, formed the centrepiece of her paintings and watercolours. About her warm tones and distinctive use of colour, a contemporary of hers wrote: ‘Vermeer had his own blue…Rembrandt his golden colour spectrum, Margaretha Roosenboom her subtle distinctions, shining like pink pearls’.

About the Artist

She was born in Voorburg as the daughter of Nicolaas Roosenboom and Maria Schelfhout, the daughter of Andreas Schelfhout. She was a pupil of her father in Brussels where she grew up, and in 1867 she returned to The Hague to learn watercolour painting from her grandfather. She was a child prodigy who showed her work at Pulchri Studio at the age of 16 though she only became a member there in 1878. In 1887 she moved in with her cousin Maria Henrietta Catherina van Wielik, who was married to the painter Johannes Gijsbert Vogel. After her cousin died in 1892 she married Vogel in the same year in Voorburg.

She sent her work to foreign exhibitions and won prizes at the World's Fair Vienna in 1873, the Chicago World Exposition in 1893, and the World's Fair Atlanta in 1895. She signed her works with Marguerite and is known for fruit and flower still lifes. She had many female pupils, including Adrienne van Hogendorp-s' Jacob, who also showed works in Chicago in 1893. She died in Voorburg relatively young from injuries suffered from a fall.