Henri Fantin-Latour (1836 – 1904)

Henri Fantin-Latour, The Rosy Wealth of June, 1880.  Oil on canvas, 27.8” x 24.2” (70.5 x 61.6 cm).  The National Gallery, London.

(c) The National Gallery, London; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Fantin has captured the realistic and delicate nature of the flowers each with their own characteristics, colours and shapes. The shading between the petals of the drooping heads of the roses and their crisp edges confirm their reality. The subtle pastel yellows and pinks carefully interspersed, helping to create overall harmonious collection of hues, while calming the coolness of the white petals contrast the warmth of the red; the effects of light and shade contributing to the overall photographic quality. The central heads nestle against each other while those that upper, rise with a certain freedom. The flowers with a far gone existence here and now relived, playing the eyes with the nostalgia of a well-loved movie.

Denise Walsh


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