White and Pink Mallows in a Vase

Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (French, 1836-1904)
Oil on canvas 
21x 19-1/2 in. (53.3 x 49.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

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.


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.

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