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.
- Artist Name: Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (French, 1836-1904)
- Title: White and Pink Mallows in a Vase
- Date: 1895
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 21x 19-1/2 in. (53.3 x 49.5 cm)
- Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
- Accession Number: M.2003.1.P
- Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation
Mrs. Edwin Edwards, London; sold by 1911 to;
John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929), London.
[J. B. Bennett & Son, Glasgow].
William A. Cargill, Carruth, Bridge of Weir, Scotland (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 11 June 1963, lot 25, ill.).
[Hallsborough Gallery, London, by 1965, to;]
[Acquavella Galleries, New York; sold by 31 October 1967 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation (F.1967.3.1.P), sold 2003 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.
Flowers by Fantin-Latour: An Exhibition Organized for the Benefit of the Boys' Club of New York
- New York, Acquavella Galleries, 1966-11-02 to 1966-12-03
Apollo, p. lxxiv
Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, p. 125
Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1,
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 398 p. 293
Fantin-Latour, Victoria Dubourg, Catalogue de l'oeuvre complet (1849-1904) de Fantin-Latour, no. 1595
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