Still Life with Roses
signed lower right: J. Robie
Jean Baptiste Robie was born in Brussels in 1821. Famous for his fruit and floral still lives, he was renowned as the Master of the Rose. His tightly executed depictions of lush cultivated flowers often composed in naturalist settings gave him a distinct place in the wide school of still life painters. He debuted at the Salon de Brussels in 1843, exhibiting there in 1848, 1854, 1857, 1860, 1863, 1867 and 1875. He was awarded the Knight of the Order of Leopold in 1861, the Knight of the Legion d’Honneur, an officer of the Order of Leopold in 1869 and a commander of the Order of Leopold in 1881.
Robie lived much of the time in London between 1848 and 1875 and established his reputation in the International market while there by exhibiting at the Royal Academy. He also traveled extensively to Italy, Spain, England, Germany, France, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and India.
Selected Museum Collections:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels; Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence; Maier Muesum of Art, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA; Saint Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury, VT; Mildred Lane Kemper Art Muesum, Saint Louis, MO; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney;