Moss Roses in a Vase

Manet painted a series of small still lifes in his later years, when illness made working on a larger scale difficult. The flowers and leaves in this image are painted in quick strokes of color, and light reflecting off the surface of the vase conveys a sense of the solidity and weight of the glass. The apparent casualness of the composition and the confident handling of oil paint give the work a striking directness.


[Georges Bernheim, Paris]; [Paul Rosenberg, Paris, by 1917–until at least 1922];¹ [Knoedler, Paris, sold to Clark, 28 May 1923]; Robert Sterling Clark (1923–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. According to information in the Paul Rosenberg Archives, this painting had been acquired by 1917, based on a list of works photographed. See The Paul Rosenberg Archives, a gift of Elaine and Alexandre Rosenberg. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Édouard Manet

French, 1832–1883

Moss Roses in a Vase


Oil on canvas

22 x 13 5/8 in. (55.9 x 34.6 cm) Frame: 30 1/4 x 22 1/16 x 2 in. (76.8 x 56 x 5.1 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1923