Fleurs dans un Pot de Porcelaine Blanche, 1864

Fleurs dans un Pot de Porcelaine Blanche, 1864
Oil on panel
14.3 x 20.3 cm
Ferdinand Tempelaere, Paris
Alex Reid & Lefèvre, London
Private Collection, acquired in London in 1997
VKS Art, purchased at Sotheby’s London, February 4, 2010, lot 122
London, Alex. Reid & Lefevre, Fantin-Latour, 1934, no. 6 Amsterdam, Kunsthandel Huinck & Scherjon, Fantin-Latour, 1935, no. 9
Mme Fantin-Latour. Catalogue de l’Oeuvre Complet de Henri Fantin-Latour, Paris, 1911, p. 34, no. 247

Henri Fantin–Latour was a master of flower still-lifes. By the 1860s his small-scaled, informal flower arrangements, usually set in front of a neutral background were especially admired and collected in Britain, where James McNeill Whistler had introduced the Frenchman to London’s artistic circles. 

While some of Fantin-Latour’s more conventional works follow the tradition of 17th century Dutch and 18th century French still-life painting, the present flower piece is executed with a looser, more expressive brush, attesting the artist’s affiliation to the Impressionists.