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At the end of 1876, Fantin-Latour marred Victoria Dubourg, who had at her disposal a country house surrounded by a large garden in Buré in Normandy. Here the painter found all the flowers he could wish for. It was the start of a productive period, in which one flower still life after another left the studio. The works from this period show that Fantin-Latour painted directly from nature and did not make use of sketches or composition studies.
The way flowers faded so quickly was a major problem, and it demanded a fast method of working. He lay down, in small, free brush strokes, each flower individually and as accurately as possible, and then, with the touch of the master, added small details here and there.
This still-life from 1876 also arose in this way. Here, Fantin-Latour combines in a harmonious way and with great feeling for colour, flowers from one season. What makes this still life special is the free composition, in which a vase is missing.

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Title Flowers
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width Error: 26,2 is not a valid BCD value cm
Height Error: 34,2 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: Henri Fantin-Latour
Accession number VdV 25
Credits Loan Foundation Willem van der Vorm, 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Creation date in 1876
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Internal exhibitions Impressionisme: Een schone kijk (1992)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions De fluwelen touch van Fantin-Latour (2013)
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

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Henri Fantin-Latour

Grenoble 1836 - Buré 1904

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