Vase of Lilacs, Roses, and Tulips

Vase of Lilacs, Roses, and Tulips
Artist:
Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877)
Date:
1863  
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
25-5/8 x 21-3/8 in. (65.1 x 54.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1979.24.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View
Description

Best remembered for the incendiary politics and technique of his early peasant pictures, Courbet was not above painting for the market. Between May 1862 and May 1863, while a guest at the country estate of Étienne Baudry, a collector and amateur horticulturist, the artist turned out an accomplished series of flower still lifes with frankly commercial intentions. Mixing exotic blooms from Baudry’s greenhouses with flowers from his gardens, Courbet created compositions that defy the seasons, presenting spring tulips and lilacs alongside summer poppies and nasturtiums. The results recall seventeenth-century Dutch flower paintings, coveted by nineteenth-century collectors.

Provenance:

[Jos Hessel, Paris, sold 27 April 1917 to];
[Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, stock no. 20.880, sold 16 March 1918 to];
Fasset-Arbouin, Paris.
[Galerie Daber, Paris, sold to];
[Fritz Nathan, Zurich, sold 24 April 1957 to];
[Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, stock no. 5696, sold 22 March 1962 to];
[Galerie Alfred Daber, Paris (for Michel Fert, Geneva?), sold 2 interest to];
[M. Knoedler & Co., New York, stock no. A8314, sold 12 February 1963 to];
Mrs. Arthur Lehman, New York.
John Loeb, Sr., New York; ?consigned 1973 to;
[M. Knoedler & Co., New York, stock no. A8314, sold 1973 to];
[Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zurich, jointly owned with];
[Reid & Lefevre, London, sold 11 December 1973 to];
[Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, stock no. 6459-2749, offered 14 November 1978 and subsequently sold 19 March 1979 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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