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White and Pink Mallows in a Vase, 1895

Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour

French, 1836-1904
Oil on canvas
21x 19-1/2 in. (53.3 x 49.5 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Although he painted everything from group portraits to scenes from Wagner’s operas, Fantin was best known for his floral still lifes, which found a ready middle-class market in France, England, and the United States. This arrangement of flowers, likely cut from the artist’s own garden and beginning to wilt in the heat, is a particularly fine example. Fantin’s technique in pictures like this one adheres to an academic standard of finish, but the artist maintained close ties with Manet and the Impressionist avant-garde.

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