Henri Fantin-Latour (French, Grenoble 1836–1904 Buré)
Oil on canvas
9 x 11 1/8 in. (22.9 x 28.3 cm)
Gift of Paul O. Fabri, 1996
Not on view
This study of pansies in a basket was painted the year before the artist's death. Although the motif is reprised from his larger and more highly finished composition of 1874, Still Life with Pansies (66.194), these flowers were probably painted from life, which is consistent with Fantin's practice.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Fantin
[Gustave Tempelaere, Paris]; [G. Allard Obach, London]; [F. & J. Tempelaere, Paris]; J. P. Schneider, Frankfurt; [Kraushaar, New York]; [Étienne Bignou, Paris]; [Lefevre, London, before 1926–27; stock no. L1202]; [Barbizon House, London]; sale, Sotheby's, London, April 24, 1963, no. 88, for £2,800 to Goodall; Major Goodall, ?London (from 1963); Paul O. Fabri, London and New York (by 1990–96; sale, Christie's, London, December 3, 1991, no. 203, bought in)
Madame Fantin-Latour. Catalogue de l'oeuvre complet (1849–1904) de Fantin-Latour. Paris, 1911, p. 213, no. 1998.
Gary Tinterow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1996–1997." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 55 (Fall 1997), p. 52, ill. (color), suggests that it may be the study of pansies in a basket that Mme Fantin-Latour noted was painted in 1874.