Property from an American Private Collector
Signed F. Gilot (lower right); titled and dated 1960 (on the stretcher)
Oil on canvas
25½ by 21⅜ in. (64.7 by 54.2 cm)
Framed: 32⅜ by 28¼ in.
Painted in 1960.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Françoise Gilot and it is registered in the artist’s archives.
The canvas is not lined. There is some paint shrinkage to the impasto, mostly in the orange pigments. There are some lines of circular craquelure to the left of the vase. There are a few flecks of paint loss, notably to the olive green in the lower left and a few places elsewhere. Under UV light there are no apparent signs of retouching. There is a patch on the reverse of the canvas.
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Sale: Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers, Washington, D.C., May 22, 1999, lot 129
Acquired at the above sale
Françoise Gilot, Françoise Gilot, Monograph 1940-2000, Lausanne, 2000, illustrated in color p. 26
During the early 1960s, Gilot returned frequently to London to visit Kew Gardens, enchanted by the quality of the muted light filtering through the paint-washed glass of the greenhouses there. Paintings of flowers remain an important leitmotif in Gilot's work, as a sort of homage to her father, who was a noted agronomist. Furthermore, Little Sunflowers is an homage to van Gogh, one of the painters of the previous generation whom Gilot most admired for his bold use of color to create form.