Still Life with Flowers and Fruit

Object Details

Title:

Still Life with Flowers and Fruit

Artist/Maker(s):

Claude Monet (French, 1840 - 1926)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Date:

1869

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

100.3 x 81.3 cm (39 1/2 x 32 in.)

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Although painted in his studio, this still life shows the influence of the outdoor experiments that Claude Monet undertook in the summer and fall of 1869, while he was living at Bougival on the Seine River. His exercises in different painting techniques are seen in the way he softened the outlines of forms and the manner in which he explored the descriptive possibilities of brushstrokes: broad and flat in the tablecloth, sketchy in the apples, and short and dense in the flower petals. Monet's technique is also apparent in the use of light to animate the surfaces of the flowers, fruit, and tablecloth and in the way the colors are affected by the light, by reflections, and by each other. These pictorial innovations became the foundation for the development of the Impressionist technique in the decades that followed.

Provenance
1878 -

possibly Henri Rouart, 1833 - 1912 (Paris, France), purchased from the artist, 1878 ("etude de fleurs").

by about 1904 -

Galerie Paul Rosenberg, 1880s - 1939 (Paris, France)

Prince Alexandre Berthier of Wagram, 1883 - 1918 (Paris, France), possibly by inheritance to Ernst.

Ernst (Berlin, Germany)

- 1980

Private Collection, sold to Wildenstein & Co., 1980.

1980

Wildenstein & Company (New York, New York), sold to Barbara Piasecka Johnson, 1980.

1980 - 1981

The Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection (Princeton, New Jersey), returned to Wildenstein & Co., 1981.

1981 - 1983

Wildenstein & Company, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
4me exposition de peinture par M. Bracquemond, Mme. Bracquemond, M. Caillebotte, M. Cals, Mlle. Cassatt, MM. Degas, Forain, Lebourg, Monet, Pissarro, Feu Piette, Rouart, H. Somm, Tillot et Zandomenighi (April 10 to May 11, 1879) (Cat. 142; possibly Getty picture ("Fleurs. / Appartient à M. R."))
  • 28, avenue de l'Opéra, (Paris), April 10 to May 11, 1879
Monet (October 9, 1982 to January 30, 1983) (Cat. 4)
  • National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo), October 9 to November 28, 1982
  • National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto), December 8, 1982 to January 30, 1983
The New Painting: Impressionism 1874-1886 (January 17 to July 6, 1986) (Cat. 78)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), January 17 to April 6, 1986
  • M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, (San Francisco), April 19 to July 6, 1986
Impressionnisme: les origines, 1859-1869 / Origins of Impressionism (April 19, 1994 to January 8, 1995) (Cat. 145)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, (Paris), April 19 to August 8, 1994
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), September 27, 1994 to January 8, 1995
Claude Monet (1878-1966): A Tribute to Daniel Wildenstein and Katia Granoff (April 27 to June 15, 2007) (Cat. 8)
  • Wildenstein & Company, (New York), April 27 to June 15, 2007
Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past (October 13, 2007 to September 21, 2008) (Cat. 59)
  • Denver Art Museum, (Denver), February 23 to May 25, 2008
  • Seattle Art Museum, (Seattle), June 19 to September 21, 2008
Claude Monet, 1840-1926 (September 22, 2010 to January 24, 2011) (85)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, (Paris), September 20, 2010 to January 24, 2011
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