White and Pink Mallows in a Vase
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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

Object Information

The artist, sold to;
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.

From Butinone to Chagall, Fine Paintings and Drawings of Six Centuries

  • London, Hallsborough Gallery, 1965-05-12 to 1965-07-23

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

[on loan]

  • Fullerton Library, 1968-01 to 1970-01

[on loan]

  • Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1971-05 to 1972-10

[on loan]

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

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

Significant Objects: The Spell of Still Life

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2012-07-20 to 2013-01-21
  • Apollo, p. lxxiv
  • Fantin-Latour, Victoria Dubourg, Catalogue de l'oeuvre complet (1849-1904) de Fantin-Latour, 1911, no. 1595
  • Wykes-Joyce, Max, Amateur Artist, 1966, p. 12
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 125
  • 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. 398 p. 293
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