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The White Roses

Anna S. Fisher

American Art

With its combination of naturalistically painted flowers and Asian objects, this stunning watercolor recalls the still lifes of John La Farge, and demonstrates Western artists’ enduring fascination with art of the Far East into the twentieth century. Like La Farge, who was one of the earliest and most influential proponents of Japonisme in America, Anna Fisher sets up engaging contrasts between natural and artificial, ephemeral and enduring, and local and exotic.
MEDIUM Opaque watercolor, graphite, touches of pastel, and touches of transparent watercolor on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper mounted to wood pulp paperboard
DATES before 1922
DIMENSIONS 24 15/16 × 19 in. (63.3 × 48.3 cm) frame: 36 1/8 × 28 1/4 × 2 in. (91.8 × 71.8 × 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Anna Fisher"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Frank L. Babbott
PROVENANCE Prior to 1922, provenance not yet documented; by 1922, acquired by Frank Lusk Babbott of Brooklyn, NY; January 17, 1922, gift of Frank Lusk Babbott to the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION Anna S. Fisher (American, 1873–1942). The White Roses, before 1922. Opaque watercolor, graphite, touches of pastel, and touches of transparent watercolor on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper mounted to wood pulp paperboard, 24 15/16 × 19 in. (63.3 × 48.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Frank L. Babbott, 22.90 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.90_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 22.90_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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