Floral Studies, Rose cultivar

Date:
c. 1860
Artist:
Joanna Vark Kellinger (American, 1834-1916)
Medium:
Watercolor
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Janet Waring, 1939

In the nineteenth century flowers were considered an appropriately genteel subject for women artists and were easy to obtain for copying, whether from life or books. Amateur women painters, like Kellinger, often practiced their craft as an economical and self-fulfilling way to decorate their homes. Kellinger may have intended her flower studies for the walls of the Yonkers boarding house that her family operated or perhaps gave them to the donor, Janet Waring, for the same purpose. Both were lifelong Yonkers residents and probably friends.