Wildenstein & Co. Inc., New York
Paul R. & Mary Haas, Texas (acquired from the above in 1986 and sold: Sotheby’s, London, February 5, 2007, lot 54)
Acquired at the above sale
In this picture, Caillebotte conveys the sensuality of his subject by creating sharp textural contrasts throughout the composition. He renders the fullness of each rose petal with rich impasto, whereas he conveys the smoothness of the crystal vase by using more flattened and modulated brushstrokes. This composition remained with the artist until his death, when it was then inherited by his brother Martial. Because the artist's family was financially well-off and had little financial incentive to sell works for their collection, this picture presumably stayed with the artist's heirs for the next several decades.
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