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Henri Fantin-Latour
1836-1904
PÊCHES
signed Fantin (upper left)
oil on canvas
19.4 by 24.4cm., 7 5/8 by 9 5/8 in.
Painted circa 1903.
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This painting will be included in the Catalogue raisonné of Fantin-Latour’s paintings and pastels by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau now in preparation.

Provenance

Henri Duhem, Douai
John T. Dorrance, Jr. (sale: Sotheby's, New York, The Collection of John T. Dorrance, Jr., 19th October 1989, lot 95)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Literature

Madame Fantin-Latour, Catalogue de l'œuvre complet de Fantin-Latour, Paris, 1911, no. 2006, p. 214 (titled Fruits)
Hardouin-Fugier, Les peintres de natures mortes en France au XIXe siècle, les éditions de l'amateur, Paris, 1998, illustrated p. 22

Catalogue Note

Fantin-Latour’s remarkably sharp eye for detail can be attributed to his early years working as a portrait painter. Following a trip to England in 1861, the artist began to move away from portraiture and apply this attention to detail to the traditional subject matter of the still life. Fantin-Latour drew considerable inspiration from the academic paintings of the Old Masters such as J. S. Chardin, whose work he became familiar with during his time spent studying at the Louvre, and he delighted in experimenting with academic ideas surrounding canonical subject matter.

In the present work, the artist's perceptivity translates beautifully into the playful arrangement of the peaches, imbuing the fruit with a three-dimensional anthropomorphous quality. The precision of his technique allowed Fantin-Latour to capture the texture and varying colours of the fruit in a deceptively life-like manner. Bright orbs of colour nestled in their green foliage, they are testament to the artist’s talent for trompe l'œil.

The popularity of Henri Fantin-Latour's still lifes can be partly ascribed to the patronage and promotion of artist and collector Mr. Edwin Edwards, whose longstanding faith in the artist allowed him to continue to experiment with the genre and provided him with numerous commissions. Pêches is testament to the vivid nature mortes that captivated Fantin-Latour’s public as he immortalizes the ephemeral nature of the delicate fleshy fruit so frequently depicted.

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