Updated 08 April 2022
Still Life with a Carafe, Flowers and Fruit
|Materials and Techniques||oil on canvas|
|Size（cm）||59.1 x 51.5|
|Inscriptions||Signed and dated upper left: H.Fantin. 1865|
|Standard ref.||Fantin-Latour 280bis|
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)
- Edouard Manet, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, 24 October 2017 - 25 February 2018, [n. n.]
- Fantin-Latour, Madame. Catalogue de l'oeuvre complet de Fantin-Latour. Paris, 1911 (rep. ed. Amsterdam/ New York, 1969), cat. no. 280bis.
- Roux, P. de. Fantin-Latour, Figures et Fleurs. Paris, 1995, p. 18.
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- 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 83, col. repr.