WorldCat Identities

Roesen, Severin approximately 1815-approximately 1872

Works: 38 works in 43 publications in 1 language and 368 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Illustrator
Classifications: ND237.R713, 759.13
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Most widely held works by Severin Roesen
Severin Roesen by Judith H O'Toole( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Severin Roesen was a prolific painter whose impact on the American still-life tradition of the mid-to-late 1800s was far-reaching. His work is representative of the European tenets brought to the United States by himself and other German painters who fled to this country at mid-century. The quality of Roesen's work has caused him to be represented in virtually every discussion of American still-life painting, and his works are in numerous prestigious collections, both public and private. This book outlines the known biographical information on an elusive, somewhat itinerant artist who was active in this country from 1848, when he arrived in New York City, until 1872, when he disappeared without a trace from the city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he had been living since 1860. Roesen's exact birthdate is unknown, but the year of his birth has been established as 1815 or 1816 through United States census records, which document his age as forty-four in 1860 while he was living in Huntington, Pennsylvania. It is likely that he is the same Severin Roesen listed as having exhibited a floral piece in Cologne in 1847. Records of the American Art Union in New York give evidence of Roesen's participation in exhibitions and sales from 1848 until 1852, when the Union closed. City directories list his address until 1858. His wife, Wilhelmena, and three children continued to be listed in subsequent directories after the artist left. Roesen visited a number of communities in Pennsylvania before settling in Williamsport in 1860, where he worked for twelve years--the longest period that he would work in any American city. He had many patrons in this booming lumber town, often living by the barter system. He also held classes and had both young and old students. Roesen is not listed in the 1871-72 Williamsport city directory, and the last-dated extant painting was completed in 1872. No record of his death has come to light in that community or any other where oral tradition claims he may have gone. Thus, it is only through the quality and quantity of his works that we can truly recall this artist. Roesen's paintings of lush floral and fruit still-lifes can be analyzed in the context of the Dutch tradition, with regard to the tastes of Victorian America, and in the light of the writings of John Ruskin. His early training in Germany may have been in the decorative arts as a painter on porcelain. Evidence of this in his American works on canvas and board include his pristine rendering of detail, heightened palette, repetition of motifs, and exclusive use of still-life themes as subject matter. His ebullient and lavish compositions parallel the sentiments expressed by the grand landscapes of the concurrent Hudson River School artists, which celebrate the splendor of America's natural resources as a source of national pride. As a teacher, both directly and indirectly, Roesen had an impact on American painters who turned to the still-life tradition in significant numbers late in the century. Of special note is the itinerant portraitist John Francis, who also worked in rural Pennsylvania and is now better known for his still lifes. A comparison of Roesen's artistic relationship to other immigrant artists such as Charles Baum and Paul Lacroix also relates to the impact of the European school on American artists. Although this volume cannot be considered a catalogue raisonne, a checklist of more than two hundred and fifty known works by the artist is included as an invaluable reference tool
Franz R. and Kathryn M. Stenzel collection of western American art addition by Franz Stenzel( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Franz R. and Kathryn M. Stenzel Collection of Western American Art Addition consists of thirty-two works of art, twenty Native American artifacts, and various manuscript items, which decorated the home of Kathryn M. Stenzel until her death in 2006 and which comprise the remainder of the Franz R. and Kathryn M. Stenzel Collection of Western American Art that they donated in 1997. This addition likewise reflects the Stenzels' interest in visual imagery of the American Northwest of the 19th and early 20th centuries
Still life-flowers and fruit by Severin Roesen( Visual )

1 edition published in 1990 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Still life, flowers by Severin Roesen( Visual )

and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Photographs of paintings]( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Folders contains photographs and information sheets related to paintings signed or attributed to artists whose most active years fall between 1850 and 1875. Information may include the title of work, owner, additional provenance, date, dimensions, and medium. Most photographs are black-and-white and of professional quality
A Still life by Severin Roesen by William H Gerdts( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Recueil. Oeuvre de Séverin Roesen] by Severin Roesen( Visual )

and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Still-life with fruit and flowers, 1850 by Severin Roesen( Visual )

and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Painting -- oil on canvas -- 85.8cm x 111.5cm -- National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario -- German born American painter -- 19th century
Flowers in bloom( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Roesen, Severin ca. 1815-ca. 1872

English (26)