Period Hermann Dudley Murphy-style frame
During the 1920s, Murphy began producing the carefully arranged floral still lifes for which he is today best known, a transition some have attributed to his happy second marriage to watercolorist Nelly Littlehale Umbstaetter. Roses demonstrates the artist’s gift for painting the blooms that defined this fulfilling period of his career. The deceptively simple arrangement belies the intricate amount of detail found throughout the scene, from the embroidered design in the cream-colored tapestry to the organic pattern on the dark tablecloth to the stems and leaves immersed in water, wonderfully rendered through the prism of glass.
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These odes to beauty and to the academic tradition he continued to espouse in the face of more modernist trends found ready collectors when exhibited at the National Academy, the Pennsylvania Academy and with Vose Galleries in 1925 and 1928. The painting is housed in a beautiful hand-carved Arts & Crafts frame designed by the artist to complement the cross-hatching and floral elements in the still life.
Collection, New York, New York
(verso of canvas) Roses
Silver and Black(crossed out) / H. Dudley Murphy (monogram) / Roses(crossed out)
1). (stamp, with handwritten number) -(covered by tape)- / H. Dudley Murphy, N.A. 6
2). Godel and Co. Fine Art, New York, New York, with painting description