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Carnations

Object Details

Title:

Carnations

Artist/Maker:

Georg Dionysius Ehret (German, 1708 - 1770)

Culture:

German

Place:

Germany (Place Created)

Date:

1750s

Medium:

Gouache and graphite on vellum

Object Number:

2009.143.2

Dimensions:

53.3 × 37 cm (21 × 14 9/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Tania Norris

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Object Description

This sheet shows three red and white blossoms, two from the front and one from the side, as well as six buds. In addition to the graceful and complex intertwining of two carnation stems, the sheet reveals the delicate graphite underdrawing. Due to the slight fading of the yellows and thin application of washes, Carnations allows us to get a closer look at Ehret's creative process. The sheet makes clear how he applied layer after layer of translucent watercolors to achieve his meticulous botanical portraits.

Provenance
Provenance
2005

Private Collection (England), sold to B.L. Rootenberg, 2005

2005-2006

B & L Rootenberg Fine & Rare Books, sold to Tania N. Norris, 2006.

2006-2009

Tania N. Norris, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009.