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Still Life with Glass Jug, Fruit and Flowers
Ignace-Henri-Théodore Fantin-Latour
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A single mop-headed rose is caught in an intense beam of clear light, which also glitters down the graceful sweep of the handle of the slender jug placed opposite. Fantin-Latour has left the rest of the picture in semi-darkness, making it difficult to see which of the fruit in the pewter dish are plums and which are apples. They nestle in a bed of leaves, in an array of soft, deep colours from purple to mossy green.

The delicate little picture was painted while Fantin-Latour was working in Courbet’s studio in Paris. He found Courbet ‘charming’, but picked up little of the older artist’s robust style. Nor does the painting have the confident technique that Fantin-Latour showed later in his career. But we see the seeds sown of his sensitive portrayal of flowers, which won him success as the most sought after decorative artist of his time.

Key facts
Artist Ignace-Henri-Théodore Fantin-Latour
Artist dates 1836 - 1904
Full title Still Life with Glass Jug, Fruit and Flowers
Date made 1861
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 47 x 47.6 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917
Inventory number NG3248
Location in Gallery Not on display
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