Augustus William Enness (1876-1948) was a popular landscape, flower and genre painter who traveled extensively to search for subject matter; from London’s Kew Gardens to Wales to the Middle East. He studied at the famed Slade School of fine art as well as the Academie Julian in Paris. By 1925 he was a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists and exhibited prolifically at important venues throughout the United Kingdom as well as at the Paris Salon.
This is an elegant and classical rendition of a floral still life. His flower paintings illustrate his affinity for the subject matter. The finely painted chrysanthemums together work wonderfully as a large bouquet yet hold their own individually. One’s attention never wanders from the light yet dramatic presentation of this image. He kept his background decidedly simple in order for our attention to focus on the flowers.
His limited color pattern of autumn hues emphasizes the nature and color scheme of fall mums. He painted a large canvas to allow each painted flower reflects the size of the actual flower. It is signed, A.W. Enness, in the middle at the bottom.
It is housed in its original Victorian wood and gesso frame.
The painting is in excellent condition. I have had it professionally cleaned. The original frame is in good condition. It has had some losses of gesso work, as could be expected with such a large and intricate frame.
It measures 34-½ inches wide by 30 inches high, including the frame.
Still Life of Chrysanthemums in an Urn by A.W. Enness
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