Purple Bearded Iris
Carlos von Riefel, 1947

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Riefel iris watercolor Detail of iris flower
artist's signature
Carlos von Riefel (1903-)
Purple Bearded Iris
Austria: 1947
Pencil and watercolor on paper
Signed lower right in pencil: C. Riefel 1947
14.5 x 11 inches, image
18 x 12 inches, overall
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Finely executed original botanical study of a purple bearded iris shown from the flowers to the crest of the rhizome and roots. The fine craftsmanship is evident in the realistic representation of the flower as well as the droplets of water on the petals and leaves.

Carlos von Riefel was an Austrian botanical painter, and his striking pictures of fruit and flowers remain popular poster subjects today. In pre-World War II Vienna, he was a member of the Professional Association of Austrian Art Educators. Riefel's illustrations were published in such books as The Rhododendron (Sussex: 1958-1962), A Folio of Fruit (London: 1957) and Flowers and Blooms from Mountain Country and Heath (Vienna: 1955).

Label on back: "Künstler: Freiherr Karlos von Riefel" [Artist: Baron Karlos von Riefel]

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