This work is recorded in the archives of l’Association Les amis de Louis Valtat.
Private Collection, United Kingdom Thence by descent to the present owner
Jean Valtat, Louis Valtat, Catalogue de l’œuvre peint 1869-1952, Paris, 1977, vol. I, no. 2123, illustrated p. 236
‘Valtat quenches his thirst for painting through his bouquets of flowers. They punctuate his œuvre to such a great degree that towards the end of his life, flowers became the artist’s only motif, as if any other subject seemed vain in comparison to the free space offered by this “non-subject”.' (Louis Valtat, Exposition rétrospective (exhibition catalogue), Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, 1995, p.121)
The canvas is not lined and examination under UV light reveals no signs of retouching. There is a small area of craquelure to the green pigments in the upper left quadrant, as well as some further isolated lines of very fine and entirely stable craquelure to the pink flowers. This work is in overall very good condition and may benefit from a light clean. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."