Vase of Flowers (After Cézanne)

Vase of Flowers (After Cézanne)
Odilon Redon (French, 1840-1916)
Oil on canvas 
18-1/4 x 21-3/4 in. (46.4 x 55.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Neison Harris 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

Redon, the foremost flower painter of his generation, admired the still lifes of Cézanne and here imitated one quite literally. Temporarily entrusted with Vase of Flowers by its second owner, Andries Bonger, Redon produced this copy. Returning to the artist’s studio to pick up his Cézanne, Bonger is said to have mistaken Redon’s copy for the original, exclaiming, “You are really too nice . . . to have cleaned the picture.” Whether or not the story is true, close examination reveals obvious differences between the two canvases: Cézanne’s brushwork is more angular and expressive, his palette more varied; Redon’s picture is softer and warmer, its flowers described with blurry, feathery strokes. Cézanne invents his forms; Redon imitates them.


Probably from artist, or Mme. Redon (Camille Falte) to;
Ary Leblond (aka Aimé Merlo, 1880-1958), Paris, by 1934 - by inheritance to;
Henriette Merlot Ary-Leblond, Paris, by 1934, until at least 1964.
M. Renevey, Paris (?)
L. Lefebvre-Foinet, Paris, by 14 February 1968, half share with;
Sunion Fine Arts, Vaduz, half share sold back 7 November 1968.
[E. J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam, stock no. S8702, in 1967, sold 1970 to];
Neison Harris, Northbrook, Illinois, gift 1973 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation (sale, New York, Christie’s, 19 May 1982, lot 23, ill., unsold and returned to);
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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