The simple motif of two pots of pansies, one behind and slightly to the right or left of the other, is one Fantin used in other compositions, including the Metropolitan's larger and more elaborate Still Life with Pansies of 1874 (66.194). Although this was an arrangement Fantin favored, he seems to have worked directly from life for each painting.
Inscription: Signed and dated (upper left): Fantin.83
H. M. Budgett (until at least 1923; sale, Christie's, London, April 6, 1923, no. 66, bought in); Wilfred Harvey, London; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore S. Gary (in 1966); Mrs. Patricia Gary, New York (until 1972; sold in July to Acquavella); [Acquavella Galleries, New York, 1972; sold on September 8 to Dillon]; Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon, New York (1972–his d. 2003); Mrs. C. Douglas Dillon, New York (2003–13)
New York. Acquavella Galleries. "Flowers by Fantin-Latour," November 2–December 3, 1966, no. 4 (as "Pensées sans vase," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Theodore S. Gary).
Madame Fantin-Latour. Catalogue de l'oeuvre complet (1849–1904) de Fantin-Latour. Paris, 1911, p. 114, no. 1114, as "Pensées sans vase".