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Dahlias

Berthe Morisot

French, 1841–1895

Dahlias

1876

Morisot rarely painted still lifes, and she subverts the conventions of the genre in this image. A large vase dominates the composition, pushing the flowers to the top of the canvas. Shown from above and positioned slightly off center, the arrangement sits next to a half-open fan on a polished tabletop. Though Morisot did not exhibit Dahlias, her fellow Impressionists included the painting in a memorial exhibition after her death in 1895.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 18 x 22 in. (45.7 x 55.9 cm) Frame: 27 1/4 x 30 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (69.2 x 78.1 x 7 cm)
Object Number 1974.28
Acquisition Acquired by the Clark, 1974
Status On View

Image Caption

Berthe Morisot, Dahlias, 1876, Oil on canvas. Acquired by the Clark, 1974. The Clark Art Institute, 1974.28.

Bibliography

Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.

Provenance

Julie Manet (Mme Ernest Rouart), the artist’s daughter (until d. 1966); Denis Rouart, her son, Neuilly-sur-Seine, by descent (from 1966, sold or consigned to Daber); [Galerie Daber, Paris, sold to the Clark, 1974]; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1974.

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