Johan Frederik Damm, Forest Floor Still Life With Butterfly

Johan Frederik Damm, Forest Floor Still Life With Butterfly

A beautiful 19th-century still life depicting a group of wild flowers emerging from the forest floor by Swedish artist, Johan Fredrik Damm (1820-1894).

This charming little piece is exquisitely rendered and more akin to a botanical study than a traditional still life. Note how Damm has handled the lifelike surfaces of the leaves - with such skill and accuracy.

Johan Fredrik Damm was a master of flower painting and he excelled at leafy compositions that celebrated nature’s vibrancy. He was influenced by his teacher, Otto Didrik Ottesen (1816-1892), who was also a specialist.

During participated in several important exhibitions and is, today, represented at the Gothenburg Art Museum.

The painting is signed/dated and housed within a gilt frame. Inscribed on the reverse.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 16½” x 13½” / 52cm x 34cm
Year of creation: 1873
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Craquelure but the paint is stable. One minor loss. Frame with some light age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £7,109 achieved for a still life at an auction in 1990.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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