Flower Still Life: Autumn Chrysanthemums in a White Vase, Henri Fantin-Latour
Henri Fantin-Latour
Flower Still Life: Autumn Chrysanthemums in a White Vase
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Henri Fantin-Latour

Flower Still Life: Autumn Chrysanthemums in a White Vase, 1889


Dimensions
44.2 x 40.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2045
Acquisition
Acquired in 1952 as bequest from Elisabeth H. Winterhalter
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 3

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About the Work

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.

About the Acquisition

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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07.06.2024