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Five or six stems of lilac in a tall glass vase are set against a two-tone neutral grey background. Flower still lifes enjoyed enormous success in the late nineteenth century, with artists like Henri Fantin-Latour becoming wealthy on their pictures of cut flowers in vases. Such images were admired for their truth to nature and sense of fleeting beauty. Scholderer’s composition, although not his choice of flowers, is similar to Fantin-Latour’s Roses, painted in England in 1864 and on loan to the National Gallery from Tate. Fantin-Latour’s flower paintings helped to make his reputation in Britain and were highly sought-after by British collectors.

The National Gallery, London





about 1860-1902


Oil on canvas


H 50 x W 37 cm

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Bequeathed by Dr J.V. Scholderer, son of the painter, 1971

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