Tulips in a Vase
Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906)
On View

The exuberant vertical format of this still life makes it almost unique in Cézanne’s oeuvre. Though he had begun painting flowers in the 1870s alongside his friend and mentor Pissarro, Cézanne seldom painted tulips. More familiar in his work are the glowing fruits gathered on the table at left, a counterpoint to the bright blooms in the upper half of the composition. Although the artist likely painted this picture while visiting his wife in Paris, the earthenware vase in which the flowers are arranged is a souvenir of his native Provence.


  • Artist Name: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906)
  • Title: Tulips in a Vase
  • Date: 1888-1890
  • Medium: Oil on paper, mounted on board
  • Dimensions: 28-1/2 x 16-1/2 in. (72.4 x 41.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
  • Accession Number: M.1976.12.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

The artist, sold ca. 1896 to;
[Ambroise Vollard, Paris, stock no. 4040, as Fleur de Lis Rouge dans un Pot Vert qqs Fruits à Côté].
Egisto Fabbri, Florence, sold for 3000 francs to;
[Ambroise Vollard, Paris, stock no. 3365, as Nature Morte: Bouquet de Tulipes, by 1904].
[Paul Cassirer, Berlin, in March, 1905, to];
Julius Stern, Berlin by April, 1905 (sale, Berlin, Cassirer und Helbing, 22 May 1916, lot 8, ill., as Rote Tulpen in einem grünen Topf, to);
Sally Falk, Mannheim, sold 11 April 1918 to;
[Paul Cassirer, Berlin, sold 20 April 1918 to];
Meta (Mrs. Franz) Schütte, Bremen, still in 1927, by descent to;
Mme. Irene von Le Suier (née Schütte), Bremen.
[Paul Rosenberg, Paris].
Edith Dunn (Mrs. Alfred Chester) Beatty, London, by 1936, by inheritance in 1952 to;
Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), London and Dublin, consigned December 1961 to;
[Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, sold 15 January 1962 to];
Norton Simon, Los Angeles (sale, New York, Sotheby's, 2 May 1973, lot 8, color ill., as Vase de Tulipes, to);
[Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, on behalf of];
Norton Simon, gift 22 December 1976 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

Salon d'Automne

  • Paris, Petit Palais, 1904-10-15 to 1904-11-15

[Group Exhibition]

  • Paul Cassirer (Gallery), 1909-11-17 to 1909-12-12

Erste Ausstellung der freien Secession

  • Secession Ausstellungshaus, 1914-04-12 to 1914-09

Exposition Cézanne (1836-1906), organisée a l'occasion de son centenaire au profit de l'oeuvre de l' allitement maternel

  • Paris, Paul Rosenberg Gallery, 1939-02-21 to 1939-04-01

Delacroix to Dufy: French Paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries, in aid of the Contemporary Art Society

  • London, Reid & Lefevre Gallery, 1946-06 to 1946-07

[on loan]

  • National Gallery of Ireland, 1954-09 to

XXVII.-XXVIII. Sonderausstellung. Franzosische Malerei bis 1914 und Deutsche Kunstler des Cafe du Dome

  • Hannover, Kestner Gesellschaft, 1919-09-07 to 1919-11-12

Homage to Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

  • Wildenstein & Co. (London, England), 1939-07 to

Internationale Kunstausstellung des Sonderbundes westdeutscher Kunstfreunde und Künstler zu Köln

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

Special Exhibition for the College Art Association (Mr. and Mrs. Norton Simon Collection)

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1965-01-18 to 1965-04-16

Significant Objects: The Spell of Still Life

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2012-07-20 to 2013-01-21

The Nabis

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1992-09-24 to 1993-07-18

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13
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