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.


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.

Berthe Morisot

French, 1841–1895



Oil on canvas

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)

Acquired by the Clark, 1974