Henri Fantin-Latour

Lemon, Apples and Tulips

Lemon, Apples and Tulips
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Author: Henri Fantin-Latour
Still Life, Painting, Oil on canvas, 47.7x39 cm
Origin: France, 1865

Flowers in a bud vase frequently appear in the paintings of Fantin-Latour. The bud vase establishes the central vertical line in Lemon, Apples, and Tulips and seems to govern the entire structure. The tulips in this canvas, the natural embodiment of almost the same configuration, create an elegant formal echo: living forms are juxtaposed with the man-made objects that look like them.

The objects in this painting are placed in such a way as to heighten their beauty by means of comparison and contrast. The transparent is placed next to the opaque, glass next to metal. Such well-considered contrasts give the painting its special harmony, without being at all obstructive.

Source of entry: formerly in the collection of Otto Krebs, Holzdorf
Exibition: French Painting: 19th - 20th centuries
Transferred from Germany after World War II

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