Vase of Flowers
Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906)
On View

The distinctive wallpaper in this still life identifies the location as No. 32, rue de l’Ouest, Cézanne’s address in Paris from 1880 to 1882; the lattice and lozenge pattern also serves to compress the painting’s imaginary space, emphasizing the analogy between papered background and painted surface. Cézanne’s dense, parallel strokes in the bouquet make identification of specific flowers difficult. Is the central blossom a rose? A peony? A carnation? Petals and leaves form a crowded intersection of brushstrokes. Not all portions of the composition are as thickly painted, however; along the bottom edge, where wall and tabletop meet, the pale ground shines through the thinly-applied greens and browns.


  • Artist Name: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906)
  • Title: Vase of Flowers
  • Date: 1880-1881
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 18-1/2 x 21-3/4 in. (47.0 x 55.2 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1968.01.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

The artist, sold c. 1896 to;
[Ambroise Vollard, Paris, sold c. 1910 to];
Andries Bonger (1861-1934), Amsterdam, by inheritance to;
Mrs. Andries Bonger, Almen, the Netherlands, sold 1966 to;
[Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zurich, sold 16 March 1967 to];
[Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, stock no. 6264, sold 14 December 1967 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation (sale, New York, Christie’s, 19 May 1982, lot 23, unsold and returned to);
The Norton Simon Foundation.

[on loan]

  • Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1968-01-23 to

[on loan]

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1972-04-26 to

Internationale Kunstausstellung des Sonderbundes westdeutscher Kunstfreunde und Künstler zu Köln

  • Städtische Ausstellungshalle, 1912-05-25 to 1912-09-30

[on loan]

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969-01 to 1972-09

Excellence: Art from the University Community

  • University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, 1970-11-06 to 1971-01-09

Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and The Norton Simon Foundation_1

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1973-05-03 to 1976-06-15

Under the Influence: Art-Inspired Art

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2008-10-17 to 2009-03-02
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  • Homburg, C., Simiolus, pp. 135-137
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  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, p. 158
  • Venturi, Lionello, Cézanne, son art-son oeuvre, 1936, vol. I, no. 358; vol. II, pl. 98, no. 358
  • Orienti, Sandra; and Gaëtan Picon, L'opera completa di Cézanne, 1970, no. 487 p. 109
  • Selected Paintings at the Norton Simon Museum Pasadena, California, 1980, p. 10
  • Rewald, John, Gazette des Beaux Arts, 1982, no. 36 pp. 96-97
  • Cézanne in Philadelphia Collections, 1983, fig. 8a p. 17
  • Lynes, Russell, Architectural Digest, 1985, p. 24
  • Benjamin, Roger, Art History, 1989, fig. 54 pp. 191-193
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 403 p. 294

Additional Artwork by Artist

Farmhouse and Chestnut Trees at Jas de Bouffan Paul Cézanne 1884-1885
Tulips in a Vase Paul Cézanne 1888-1890
Uncle Dominique Paul Cézanne 1866

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