Three Roses

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A hilly landscape sets a picturesque scene of three vibrantly colored roses, placed in an ornate ceramic vase. Seemingly supported by a small black table, the vase and the roses overlook a hilly landscape with green grass and a bright blue lake. The sky behind it is a calming blue grey that contrasts sharply with the dark black table. The crisp edges of the table are also in contrast with the rolling hills, and the curved nature of the roses, including the rounded design of vase and how it is decorated. The combination of a clear sky, and pastel colors of pink, blue, green, and tan have a calming effect on the eye.

About the Artist: The son of Irish immigrants, Alger was born in Boston, MA and studied at the Lowell Institute of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Around 1914, he began dividing his time between Massachusetts and showing his work in New York group exhibitions; a 1921 review of the Whitney Studio Club declared that its “chief interest centers about the technical novelty of John Alger. He has painted some sand dunes with a sweeping grace despite the fact that his colors, always modest, are laid down flatly and without accent” (New York Tribune 18 Dec. 1921: 50). Another admiring critic thought Alger had “developed a point of view which represents the utmost in simplification without, however, becoming in any sense of the word an abstractionist” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle 7 Mar. 1926: 66). Alger was a founding member of the Salons of America. In later years, he seems to have taught art lessons in addition to his painting. 5 more images at FAP.


Alger, John [Hebert], 1879-1967








Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil painting

Physical Dimensions

20 x 24 in.
Condition: surface dirt, stains