- Eva Gonzalès
- 款識：藝術家簽名 Eva Gonzales（右下）
- 10 3/4 x 13 7/8 英寸
- 27.5 x 35.2 公分
- 約1873 - 1874年作
Private Collection (1896)
Pierre M. Bloch
Palais Galliera, Paris, March 12, 1964, Lot 49
Galerie Schmit, Paris
Hector Brame, Paris
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (acquired from the above in July 1964)
Marie-Caroline Sainsaulieu & Jacques de Mons, Eva Gonzalès, 1849-1888, Etude critique et catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1990, cat. no. 63, p. 155, illustrated (catalogued as oil on paper mounted to canvas)
Painted at the dawning of the Impressionist movement, Gonzalès' floral bouquet offers a refreshing and novel approach to this particular genre of still-life painting. Still wrapped in its protective paper from the florist, the flowers appear to have been tossed on a table, where a few stray blooms are scattered along the edge. It is as if the recipient has placed them down temporarily and in haste while searching for a vase. Gonzales' picture here captures the sponteneity of an act and the impermanance of a moment in time, which were qualities of central importance to the Impressionist painters.
Gonzalès' use of sharp tonal contrasts are indebted to the example of her mentor Edouard Manet, and the composition itself calls to mind the wrapped bouquet featured in Manet's infamous depiction of Olympia from 1864. Gonzalès also featured a discarded bouquet in her large canvas in Musée d'Orsay, Une Loge aux italiens, which was painted around the same time as the present work and is presumably related to this composition.