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Adolphe Monticelli, A Vase of Wild Flowers

Key facts
Full title A Vase of Wild Flowers
Artist Adolphe Monticelli
Artist dates 1824 - 1886
Date made probably 1870-80
Medium and support Oil on wood, probably mahogany
Dimensions 61 × 47 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented as part of the 'Harry Wearne Collection of Twelve Paintings by Monticelli' to the Tate Gallery, 1939; transferred, 1956
Inventory number NG5015
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
A Vase of Wild Flowers
Adolphe Monticelli

A bunch of flowers in a ceramic vase is displayed on a table. The tablecloth is decorated with flowers and blue stripes that help create a sense of recession into depth.

Like most of Monticelli’s works, this picture is painted on a wood panel, much of which is left visible. Thick paint and blobs of pure colour have been used to suggest the flowers. The painting is similar in style to other still lifes by the artist in the National Gallery’s collection such as Still Life: Oysters, Fish and Still Life: Fruits, which feature the same tablecloth and were probably painted around the same time.

Monticelli was highly regarded by his contemporaries, and was especially influential on Vincent van Gogh, who bought a flower painting by him which resembles this one. Vincent and his brother Theo were involved in publishing the first-ever book on Monticelli.

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