According to a list of Fantin's paintings compiled by his wife, this still life is one of thirty-one compositions of flowers and fruit that the artist produced in 1874. The branch of apples suggests that the present picture was painted in the fall; the pansies are spring flowers that were probably cultivated in a hothouse. Fantin reprised elements seen here in at least two other paintings: Potted Pansies of 1883 (2013.636) and Pansies of 1903 (1996.517).
Inscription: Signed and dated (upper right): Fantin. 74
Alexander Reid, Glasgow (until 1898; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 10, 1898, no. 27, as "Pommes d'api et Pensées," for Fr 1,010); C. Coquelin, Paris (until 1906; his sale, Georges Petit, Paris, June 9, 1906, no. 41, as "Pensées," for Fr 4,650 to Rosenberg); [Alexandre Rosenberg, Paris, 1906–1909; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 21, 1909, no. 19, for Fr 3,050 to Tempelaere); [M. Tempelaere, Paris, from 1909]; Mrs. S. Dreyfus, London (in 1951); [Scott and Fowles, New York, 1951–52]; [Jay Rousuck, New York, until 1952; sold to Block]; Mr. and Mrs. Leigh B. Block, Chicago (1952–66); [Acquavella, New York, in 1966; sold to MMA]
New York. Scott & Fowles. "Spring Show of Fantin-Latour: Flowers, Fruits, Figures," March 26–April 14, 1951, no. 18 (as "Fruit et Fleurs" 1874).
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. "A World of Flowers," March–April 1959, no catalogue? [see Exh. cat. 1966].
New York. Acquavella Galleries. "Flowers by Fantin-Latour," November 2–December 3, 1966, no. 28 (as "Nature Morte, Fruits et Fleurs," 1874; lent by Mr. and Mrs. Leigh B. Block).
Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh. "Franse meesters uit het Metropolitan Museum of Art: Realisten en Impressionisten," March 15–May 31, 1987, no. 11.
Fort Lauderdale. Museum of Art. "Corot to Cézanne: 19th Century French Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," December 22, 1992–April 11, 1993, no catalogue.
Madame Fantin-Latour. Catalogue de l'oeuvre complet (1849–1904) de Fantin-Latour. Paris, 1911, p. 80, no. 735.
Theodore Rousseau. "Reports of the Departments: European Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 26 (October 1967), pp. 64, 66–67, ill.
Charles S. Moffett. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pp. 22–23, ill. (color, overall and detail).
Sjraar van Heutgen et al. inFranse meesters uit het Metropolitan Museum of Art: Realisten en Impressionisten. Exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1987, pp. 17, 48–49, 52, no. 11, ill. (color, overall and detail).
Roger Hurlburt. "Free Spirits." Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) (December 20, 1992), p. 4D.