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Painting Title Pink and Yellow Roses
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Fantin-Latour, Henri (French painter and printmaker, 1836-1904)
Date Earliest possibly about 1871
Date Latest 1904
Signed yes

A still-life of pink and yellow roses in the 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 case of the flowers in a vase it was usually the meaning of 'vanitas': like a flower, human life is beautiful but fades quickly. In 19th century England flower still-lifes were very popular as they created a very suitable decoration for Victorian houses, fittingthe taste of the 19th century bourgeoisie; Fantin-Latour found many customers in England 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 attention to Fantin-Latour in England, where his flower still-lifes sold very well.

Current Accession Number YORAG : 1393
Inscription front lr 'Fantin'
Subject still life (flowers)
Measurements 33 x 39.5 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given anonymously through the National Art Collections Fund 1984.
Provenance Possibly by descent from Henry Van den Bergh (1851-1937) possibly to Donald Stanley van den Bergh (1888 - 1949); by descent (;) to Mrs A.M. McClure (née Diana Van den Bergh, b. 1914)
Principal Exhibitions Henri Fantin-Latour and the Impressionists: Still Life Paintings in the 19th century, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, 2011.
Publications Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 279.

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.

The inscription on the painting does not include adate; comparing the painting with the other flower still-lifes created by Fantin-Latour, it seems to be possible that this one is rather a late one (possibly after 1890, as the flowers are depicted in a less detailed and a more expressive way).

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



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