Property from a Private Collection, California
1869 - 1952
Signed with the initials L.V (lower right)
Oil on board mounted on cradled panel
10⅝ by 13¾ in. (27 by 35 cm)
Framed: 16¾ by 19¾ in. (42.6 by 50.2 cm)
Painted circa 1902.
This work is recorded in the archives of “l’Association Les amis de Louis Valtat.”
The panel is sound. There is no evidence of retouching under UV light. Apart from a few scattered fly spots, this work is in very good original condition.
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Private Collection, France (and sold: Tajan, Paris, June 27, 1994, lot 34)
Georges Bemberg, Paris
Acquired from the estate of the above in 2015
Louis Valtat’s vibrant still life Les Fraises is a celebration of the sights and textures of summer. Its vibrant color and generous use of paint allude to Valtat’s work with the Fauves, who first exhibited together at the Salon d’automne of 1905.