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Painting Title Red and Pink Roses
Alternative Title Roses
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Fantin-Latour, Henri (French painter and printmaker, 1836-1904)
Date 1881 (dated)
Signed yes

A still life of pink and red roses in a vase. Still life developed from the depictions of details in larger compositions and became especially popular in Dutch and Flemish baroque painting. Still lifes often contained religious and allegorical meaning relating to the depicted objects – in the case of flowers in a vase it was usually the meaning of 'vanitas' (vanity): like a flower, human life is beautiful but fades quickly. In 19th century England flower still-lifes were very popular as they were a suitable decoration for Victorian houses, fitting the taste of the 19th century bourgeoisie; Fantin-Latour found many customers in Britain and sold many similar works.

Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour's work is characterised by the depiction of modern life. He was interested in light effects, although in a style different from Manet and the Impressionists. He knew Whistler, who brought Fantin-Latour attention in England, where his flower paintings sold very well.

Current Accession Number YORAG : 1228
Inscription front ul ‘Fantin 1881’
Subject still life (flowers)
Measurements 42 x 47 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Stephen Roskill through the National Art Collections Fund 1973.
Provenance Barbizon House, London; purchased by Henry Van den Bergh (1851-1937) 1930; by descent to Mrs Stephen Roskill (née Elisabeth Van den Bergh)
Principal Exhibitions Henri Fantin-Latour, Wildenstein Gallery, London, 1984, no. 36; Still Life: Paintings from York Art Gallery and the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, Scarborough Art Gallery, 2004; Henri Fantin-Latour.
Publications Barbizon House Record, London, 1930, cat. 25, as Pink and White Roses; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 22, pl. 18, as Roses; Clarke, M., 'The respectable achievement of Fantin-Latour', ‘PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 105, January 1974, vol. XXVII, pp. 939-943, illus. cover.; Bugler, C., European paintings of the nineteenth century (An Observer's guide), 1981, p. 44; Henri Fantin-Latour, Wildenstein Gallery, London, 1984, cat. 36, pp. 38-39; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 278.

The painting comes from the collection of Henry Van den Bergh, member of the Executive Committee of the National Art Collections Fund and a major donor, through the National Art Collections Fund to most Departments of the British Museum and of Dutch tiles to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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