As a young man, Redon was fascinated with Darwinian biology and enjoyed a close friendship with Armand Clavaud, the curator of the botanical gardens in his hometown of Bordeaux. In late floral still lifes such as this one, the artist demonstrated a naturalist’s sense of wonder as well as a richly inventive imagination, combining many different types of blooms and foliage in an effervescent display, attended by fluttering butterflies.
Inscription: Signed (lower center): ODILON REDON
[Jacques Seligmann, Paris; shipped to New York]; [Jacques Seligmann, New York, until 1932; sold October 18, as "Fleurs dans un vase bleu" to Post]; Mr. and Mrs. George B. Post, New York (1932–his d. 1952); Mrs. George B. Post (Olivia Dulany), New York (1952–56)
Klaus Berger. Odilon Redon: Fantasy and Colour. New York, 1965, p. 215, no. 454, includes it in a list of "Flower-Pieces, II, Objective Portrayal of Space, 1900–04/05", calling it "Patterned Vase with Anemones (vase 9)"; dates it about 1905.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 3, XIX–XX Centuries. New York, 1967, p. 9, ill., date it about 1905; remark that the vase belongs to Redon's son, Ari.
Alec Wildenstein. Odilon Redon: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint et dessiné. Vol. 3, Fleurs et paysages. Paris, 1996, p. 120, no. 1535, ill.