Louis Valtat lived through a period of great artistic transition and was privileged to know and collaborate with such artists as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Inspired in his use of simple forms, bold lines and pure colours by the Fauves, he did however stand apart from them, content to forge his own path. A student of the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian, Valtat would go on to produce an impressive catalogue of work spanning the disciplines of painting, printmaking and sculpture. Vivien had a love for the colourful works of French painters such as Valtat, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, corresponding with the dealer Dudley Tooth about works by these artists and their contemporaries. The floral subject of the present work is in keeping with Vivien’s love for flowers and the pretty, feminine decoration that she arranged at Durham Cottage.
Please note that this work is recorded in the archives of “l’Association Les amis de Louis Valtat.”