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A group of yellow chrysanthemums in a cylindrical vase of blue and white porcelain, at the base of which lies a sprig of wall-flower. The vase stands on a grey table with a background of similar tint.

During the 18th and 19th centuries the genre of still life occupied a lowly position in the hierarchy of painting in France. Artists wishing to establish a reputation chose to concentrate instead on history painting - their works inspired by history, mythology, religion or literature - portraiture or landscape. Few major artists of the first part of the nineteenth century chose to tackle still life. There was a gradual change in the 1860s when artists like Courbet, Manet, Cézanne and Fantin-Latou...

Oil on canvas
610.0 x 484.0mm
Images and text: CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection, 2023