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"Apple Blossom" (no title)

ca. 1740
Origin: Europe, Germany, Nuremburg
Framed H: 23 3/8" Framed W: 20"
Watercolor and gouache on vellum
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1990-28,A&B
Watercolor of an apple blossom
Label:Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706–1783), one of the finest 18th-century botanical artists, was a member of an important and talented family of artists in Nuremberg. Dietzsch’s paintings are characterized by the use of a dark, usually brown, background. The rich brown ground in this painting creates a stunning contrast to the soft, delicate flower.

Collectors in the Netherlands and in England, including fellow artist Georg Ehret, sought after Dietzsch’s work. Her artistic influence on Ehret is evident in the plates with dark backgrounds he contributed to Mark Catesby’s great Natural History.