Pancrace Bessa's "Still Life with Oranges Pomegranates, Leaves, A Spring of Mint and Orange Flowers" May 16 2017

Pancrace Bessa (1772-1846)

Still Life with Oranges, Pomegranates, Leaves, A Spring of Mint and Orange Flowers

Watercolor on Vellum Over Board

10 2/3 x 17 7/8 inches

One of the many highlights from our June 3rd, 2017 sale, Pancrace Bessa's "Still Life with Oranges, Pomegranates, Leaves, A Spring of Mint and Orange Flowers" relays the essence of spring with its demure and beautifully painted robust fruit.  As an outstanding student of both Redouté and Gerard von Spaendock, Bessa was one of the most talented and popular flower painters of his day and between the years 1810 and 1813, collaborated with Redouté on Histoire des Arbres Forestiers de L'Amerique Septentrionale.  He prepared some 572 watercolours for L'Herbier Général de L'Amateur by Mordant de Launey and Loiseleur Longchamp, which appeared between 1810 and 1826. Description des Plantes cultivees a Malmaison a Navarre used 9 of Bessa's illustrations and 54 by Redouté.  His works were regularly shown in the Paris Salon, and he produced numerous watercolors for the French royal collection.  He became a master of stipple engraving, which was an essential technique used for color printing.