Roses in a Vase

LL 3531


Fantin-Latour was born in Grenoble, France and moved to Paris with his family in 1841. He became one of the most celebrated flower painters of the 19th century and friend of the Impressionists. When this picture was made, Fantin-Latour was painting flowers each summer at Buré in the Orne department of north west France. These paintings were mainly for the English market, and his English agent, Mrs Ruth Edwards, would collect the works each October. By the mid-1870s, his flower pictures became simpler in design and more sparse in content. Roses were very popular in England, particularly the damask roses depicted here. These roses are mainly white but some are slightly pink.