Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952) Fleurs dans un vase, 55 x 46 cm (21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in)

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Lot 3*
Louis Valtat
(French, 1869-1952)
Fleurs dans un vase, 55 x 46 cm (21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in)

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 28,000 - 42,000
Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952)
Fleurs dans un vase, 1919
signed 'L.Valtat' (lower right)
oil on canvas
55 x 46 cm (21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Wally Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida
    Private Collection, California (acquired from the above in 1971)


    It is amazing that Valtat was not widely recognised in his lifetime nor accorded the place in art he so fully deserves. Valtat was by nature a shy man and because he had private wealth he was not forced to depend on his art for his livelihood. Since his death his fame has grown steadily and he is now an established name in the pantheon of impressionist art. Bonnard owned one of his still lifes and Renoir admired his colour harmony. Monet described him as 'the beginning of a new state of grace in painting.'

    Valtat preferred a more serene life to the bustle of Paris. His family owned land in the south of France and Valtat built a house on the property and introduced the region to many friends who came to stay. This lot shows itself, especially in its colouring to be a precursor to Fauvism. Like Van Dongen, Valtat was experimenting with his brand of Fauvism long before even Matisse. Valtat also exhibited in the 'Cave des Fauves' in 1905 which resiulted in the term Fauvism first being applied to a group of painters. His friends were Bonnard, Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Vallotton and Ranson. He studied at the Academie Julien in 1892 and his friendship with Bonnard especially was reinforced here.

    This lot, painted in 1919, shows him leaving pure Impressionism behind and adopting the ideas of Fauvism. With Valtat his art reflected his personality, especially his love of nature. His colours avoid the violence of colour of some Fauvist art and always achieve a sense of harmony. It has been said that Valtat's painting is characterised by 'joyousness, freedom of spirit, and a dexterity of handling of a very high order.' This lot surely is a reflection of this.


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