CLARA MARCARD-CUCUEL (c. 1915-1955)
- CLARA LOTTE VON MARCARD-CUCUEL (c. 1915-1955)
- Oil on canvas
- 25 x 30 inches
- Signed lower right
This still life of magnolias is representative of Marcard-Cucuel’s typical style in its impressionistic handling of paint, as well as its sensitive treatment of her favored subject –flowers in glass vases. The large blooms of the white magnolias burst forth from the vase, their petals framed by immense green leaves, which visually separate the flowers from the painting’s white background. Marcard-Cucuel depicts the flowers in multiple stages of development –from unopened buds, to flowers just beginning to blossom and finally to the height of their beauty in full bloom. Though some of the flowers droop downwards, Marcard-Cucuel eschews the depiction of falling leaves and petals, or other signs of deterioration, which sometimes appear in her other floral still lifes. The red tubular flowers that emerge from the arrangement at the bottom of the composition are likely standing cypress or trumpet-creepers, flowers which, like magnolias, flourish in the American South. The selection of flowers in this painting indicates that it was likely painted during Marcard-Cucuel’s time in the United States, possibly during a trip to the South.