Raoul M. de Longpre (1843–1911)
Born in Lyons, France to a family of artists, Raoul Maucherat de Longpre had a prominent career as a painter of floral still-lifes. The calling ran in de Longpre’s family; his father, Jean-Antoine, decorated fans with floral paintings and his brother Paul became a noted floral painter in California. Raoul began painting at a young age, producing highly-detailed studies of various flowers. He earned a job decorating fans at the age of twelve and was exhibiting at the Paris Salon by the age of twenty-one. His paintings of bouquets set against spare backgrounds, either poised on a ledge or floating in space, compel the viewer to focus on the character, color, and form of each flower. His work can now be seen in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, among other institutions.