The late summer bouquet blossoms in red, white and pink before a monochrome background. The artist stages his motif simply and modestly. Whereas the Impressionists among his friends tended towards the dissolution of the pictorial subject as the nineteenth century drew to a close, Fantin-Latour remained more indebted to tradition. He combined the precise, delicate aesthetic of the Old Masters he emulated with the Realists’ interest in everyday life – an artistic concept he shared with his artist friend Otto Scholderer, a native of Frankfurt.
Still lifes, and portraits in particular, were among the special talents of the painter Ottilie Roederstein (1859-1937). After her beginnings in Zurich and Berlin, she went to Paris in 1881 and completed her training there in 1888. The artists she met in Paris included Käthe Kollwitz and Maurice de Vlaminck. Around 1890 she settled in Frankfurt am Main, where she ran a studio for female students. This still life by Fantin-Latour came to the Städel collection as a bequest after the death of Elisabeth Winterhalter (1952), the artist's companion and the first female surgeon in Germany.
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