Still Life: Roses in a Glass Vase

Henri Fantin-Latour, 1836 - 1904

Still Life: Roses in a Glass Vase

Henri Fantin-Latour 1836 - 1904


Yellow, white, pink and red roses stand in a slim glass vase on a wooden table. A single stem with a white bloom and two pink rosebuds lies beside them. The green background is highly textured. The flowers are not perfect specimens: on the right a white bloom appears to have been cut prematurely and droops slightly, the petals curling before it has even fully opened. Below it, another bud bends uncharacteristically. Fantin-Latour studied from the age of ten with his father, Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1805–75). In 1850, at fourteen, he began an apprenticeship in the Paris studio of Horace Lecocq de Boisbaudran, where he spent six years copying from the Old Masters and from nature, which was standard practice in mid-nineteenth-century ateliers. Following a brief spell at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he studied briefly with Gustave Courbet, although he would reject the latter's extreme realism. Fantin-Latour sometimes exhibited alongside the Impressionists, but he continued to show his work at the Salon, where his work attracted good reviews. From the 1870s, he developed further his early interest in mythological subjects and music, inspired by Old Master painting, and by the music of Wagner and Berlioz. The lustrous realism of this painting recalls that of the 17th and 18th century Dutch masters of this genre, and of the great 18th century French still life painter, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779).

Object Name

Still Life: Roses in a Glass Vase

Creators Name

Henri Fantin-Latour

Date Created



framed: 63cm x 58cm

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oil paint


Bequeathed by Mr and Mrs Assheton-Bennett.


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