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update 14 September 2021

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Henri Fantin-Latour [Grenoble, 1836 - Buré, 1904]

Still Life with a Carafe, Flowers and Fruit

Date1865
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)59.1 x 51.5
InscriptionsSigned and dated upper left: H.Fantin. 1865
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Fantin-Latour 280bis
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1997-0001
Still Life with a Carafe, Flowers and Fruit

Fantin-Latour's oeuvre can be largely divided into three genres, namely, portraits, still-lifes and allegorical compositions. Still-lifes are a genre that Fantin-Latour was particularly enthusiastic about throughout his life. The motifs in this painting are early summer fruit and flowers, making it a typical example of Fantin-Latour's still-lifes. The painting was created relatively early in his career and is noteworthy for the extremely high quality. The almost square canvas is one of the larger still-lifes created by the artist. The composition, made up of various objects placed on a tablecloth-draped table, reflects the traditional methods of the 17th and 18th centuries. Similarly the motifs chosen -- a wine-filled carafe, flowers in a vase, and fruit -- are all standard motifs in such works. The simple contrast between the dark brown background and the pure white tablecloth and the stylish choice of placing a white china dish and white flowers on top of a white tablecloth are characteristic of Fantin-Latour's style. Moreover, the striking contrast between the hard textures of the glass carafe, vase, and plate and the tactile textures of flowers and fruit is extremely modern. In the 1860s Fantin-Latour's friends, Manet, Monet, Renoir and many others began to create still-life paintings, and there is a considerable connection between Manet's still-lifes and Fantin-Latour's in terms of motifs and compositions. The freshness of feeling and the sense that the scene highlights a single moment of time are elements common to both Fantin-Latour's and Manet's still-lifes. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.66)

Provenance

Madam Esnaut-Pelterie.

Bibliography

1911
Fantin-Latour, Madame. Catalogue de l'oeuvre complet de Fantin-Latour. Paris, 1911 (rep. ed. Amsterdam/ New York, 1969), cat. no. 280bis.
1995
Roux, P. de. Fantin-Latour, Figures et Fleurs. Paris, 1995, p. 18.
1996
Lévêque, J. J. Henri Fantin-Latour, un peintre intimiste, 1836-1904. Paris, 1996, p. 11.
1998
Takahashi, Akiya. Henri Fantin-Latour and the Revolution in Still-life Painting. Fantin- Latour (exh. cat.). Utsunomiya Museum of Art, ed. Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Utsunomiya, 23 September – 8 November 1998. Utsunomiya, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, 1998, pp. 67-74 (in Japanese), 76-81 (in English), repr.
1999
Annual Bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 32 (April 1997-March 1998), 1999, Takahashi, Akiya. New Acquisitions. pp. 8-9, List of New Acquisitions. p. 19, col. repr.
2006
Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2006 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 66, col. repr.
2009
Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2009, no. 66, col. repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 83, col. repr.

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