- Gustave Caillebotte
- Lilas et pivoines dans deux vases
- Stamped with the signature (lower left)
- Oil on canvas
- 36 1/4 by 28 3/8 in.
- 92 by 72 cm.
C. Hoogendijk, Le Havre (and sold: Muller, Amsterdam, May 21-22, 1912, lot 4)
Comte Arnauld Doria, Paris (acquired circa 1936 and sold: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 12, 1943, lot 93)
Hirschl & Adler, New York (acquired circa 1954)
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Private Collection, Palm Beach (by descent from the above and sold: Sotheby's London, February 5, 2001, lot 9)
Acquired at the above sale
Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Les Fleurs et les fruits depuis le Romantisme, 1942, no. 23
Paris, Galerie Beaux-Arts, Gustave Caillebotte, 1951, no. 52
Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Two Sides of the Medal. French Painting from Gérôme to Gauguin, 1954, no. 81b
Marie Berthaut, Caillebotte, Sa vie et son oeuvre, Catalogue Raisonné des peintures et pastels, Paris, 1978, no. 241, illustrated
Marie Berthaut, Gustave Caillebotte, Catalogue raisonné des peintures et pastels, Paris, 1994, no. 255, illustrated p. 169
In this picture, Caillebotte conveys the sensuality of his subject by creating sharp textural contrasts throughout the composition. He renders the fullness of each petal with rich white impasto, whereas he conveys the smoothness of the porcelain vase by using more flattened and modulated brushstrokes. Blue tones used for shadows and for reflections add dimension to both the varnished table and the vase and enhance the solidity of these objects.