Woman with Lily by Louis Prang
Woman with Lily by Louis Prang

Woman with Lily

Woman with Lily by American Lithographer Louis Prang (1824 – 1909); printer and publisher, sometime referred to as the father of the American Christmas Card.

This is a beautiful portrait illustration of an alluring young brunette with wind blown flowing hair that is holding a Lily between the thumb and first finger of the right hand up near her face just below the chin.

She is also holding another lily with the rest of the plant between her right forearm and chest, with her left hand holding the bottom portion of the plant.

She is wearing an off shoulder pink satin dress and is standing against a blurred background of yellow, green and blue colors that signify a garden and sky.

Woman with Lily is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Information Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Louis was the son of a textile manufacturer was born in Breslau in Prussian Silesia (now Southwestern Poland) in 1824 to Jonas Louis Prang of French Huguenot origin, and Rosina Silverman, who was German.

As a boy Louis became an apprentice to his father and learned the skills of engraving and calico dyeing and printing, and by 1840 traveled to Bohemia, in the Czech Republic working with companies that produced prints and textiles.

He also traveled throughout Europe and in 1848 found himself in a bit of trouble getting involved in the March Revolutions ot the German Revolutions of 1848-49; which resulted in the establishment of the German State and the introduction of a Liberal Constitution.

With the Prussian government hot on his heels he traveled to Switzerland in 1850 and then emigrated to the United States; settling in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1856 Louis along with a partner created a press company called Prang and Mayer, that produced lithographs; with a specialty in producing prints of building and towns in Massachusetts; and four years later brought out Mayer and changed the name of the company to L. Prang & Company.

The new company began work in color printing, producing advertisements and other forms of business material; and became quite successful, being known for the war maps that were distributed by newspapers during the American Civil War (1861 – 1865).

In 1864, Louis decided to leave America and travel back to Europe to learn what was then the cutting edge of German lithography printing; and upon returning home the following year, he began to produce high quality reproduction of major works of art.

He also began producing a series of album card which became quite popular, that were advertised as collectibles for scrapbooks, that depicted natural scenes and patriotic symbols; then in 1873 he began producing greeting cards for the popular market in Britain and a year later, Christmas Card in America.

Louis Prang is also known for is effort in improving art education in the United States and fro creating and publishing instructional art books; as well as creating a foundation to train art teachers.

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