Love Drops by Harry Herman Roseland
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Love Drops by Harry Herman Roseland

Love Drops by Harry Herman Roseland

  • American artist Harry Roseland composed this exceptional genre painting
  • The work captures a tea leaf reader looking into the future for her young clients
  • Such works were highly popular at the turn of the century and remain prized today
  • From the Oprah Winfrey Collection
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Item No. 30-9190
$22,500
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Harry Herman Roseland
1867-1950 | American

Love Drops

Signed and dated "Copyright 1906 NY / Harry Roseland 06" (lower right)
Oil on canvas

An elderly fortune-teller and her youthful clients are the subject of this exceptional genre painting by American artist Harry Roseland. The work is part of an important series of wizened tea leaf and palm readers that the artist composed around the turn of the century. The nostalgia and charm of these works made them wildly popular in their age, with many being reproduced as postcards or full-color prints in local newspapers. Entitled Love Drops, the present painting is a superb example of the genre.

Roseland perfectly juxtaposes his three subjects in the carefully composed scene. Young versus old, innocent versus wise, privileged versus poor, the three figures nevertheless come together in their quest for knowledge. The young clients are dressed in pastels with pink flowers pinned at their breasts, hinting that they are on a mission of love. The title of the work, Love Drops, confirms this - it refers to a tea leaf reader's term for the last drop that falls from the cup, which provides a special glimpse into love affairs.

Brilliantly framed in the canvas, the work is sentimental and nostalgic, revealing the skill for narrative that made Roseland one of the finest genre painters of his generation. The self-taught artist was a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, New York, though his works belied the modernity of the city. Instead, he filled his canvases with farm hands, watermen, and rural fortune tellers such as this one, expressing a wistfulness for the past that charmed his clients. He also won critical acclaim in his lifetime, earning gold medals from the Brooklyn Art Club, the Boston Art Club, the American Art Society in Philadelphia, and others.

Dated 1906

Canvas: 20 1/8" high x 30 1/8" wide
Frame: 39 5/8" high x 39 3/4" wide

Provenance:
From the Oprah Winfrey Collection
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Framed:39.75"W x 39.625"H
Unframed:30.125"W x 20.125"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Genre
Depth:3.75 Inches
Width:39.75 Inches
Height:39.625 Inches
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