Title
Pear
Contributor
Le Moyne de Morgues, Jacques, 1533?-1588 (Artist)
Date created
[ca. 1580]
Type of resource
Still image
Genre
Watercolors (paintings)
Format
Image
Digital origin
reformatted digital
Abstract/Description
Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, a French artist living in Elizabethan England, specialized in naturalistic florilegia. While living in Blackfriars, London during the 16th century, Le Moyne painted dozens of plants and animals native to English gardens; however, his work remained largely undiscovered until the 20th century. These meticulous recreations of Le Moyne's watercolor and gouache pieces highlight the balance between science and art during the sixteenth century.
This recreation of watercolor and gouache piece "Pear" invokes naturalistic colors and lighting. Created by Jacques Le Moyne c. 1580 as part of a series commissioned by a wealthy English patron, "Pear" has a duplicate version, also called "Pear", stored in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Le Moyne illustrates "Pear" primarily from life, paying close attention to light and dark. Unlike many of the others in this collection, Pear rests on a physical surface, as evidenced by Le Moyne's inclusion of shadow under the bottom pear slice. Despite its apparent spatial plane, "Pear" contains merely a blank vellum background, adhering to botanical painting standards of the sixteenth century. "Pear"'s vivid red hues, dappled light, and intense shadow mimic Le Moyne's mastery of color.
Provenance
DuMarry
Related item
Pear
Botanical Watercolors
Subjects and keywords
Florilegia
Elizabethan era
European art
Pears
Rosaceae
Fruit
Plants
Identifier
botanical_morgues_006
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