Vase Of Flowers
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1974.100
People
Georges Pierre Seurat, French (Paris 1859 - 1891 Paris)
Title
Vase of Flowers
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Vase de Fleurs / Bouquet dans un Vase
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1879-c. 1881
Culture
French
Location
Level 1, Room 1220, European Art, 19th–20th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
46.3 x 38.5 cm (18 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.)
framed: 72 x 64.4 x 8.3 cm (28 3/8 x 25 3/8 x 3 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: On stretcher, in blue pencil: 47019F
  • inscription: Back of frame, in blue pencil: 47019
  • inscription: Back of frame, in white chalk: B[rest is illegible]
Provenance
Georges Pierre Seurat, (c. 1878 - ?); to his brother-in-law M. Léon Appert ( - 1925); to his daughter Mme. Léon Roussel (1925 - 1934); to her son François Roussel, (1934 - 1939) sold; to [Galerie Bignou, (1939 - 1940) sold]; to Maurice Wertheim, New York, (1940-1951), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1951.


Notes:
Not in the possession of the Fogg until 1974.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
Accession Year
1974
Object Number
1974.100
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

A Selection of 19th Century Paintings, exh. cat., Galeries Bignou (New York, NY, 1942), no. 15

John Rewald, Georges Seurat, Wittenborn & Co. (New York, NY, 1943), no. 46, repr. as pl. 81

Edward Alden Jewell, French Impressionists and Their Contemporaries in American Collections, Hyperion Press (New York, NY, 1944), repr., plate 175

French Painting since 1870, lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), p. 18, repr. p. 19

John Rewald, Georges Seurat, Albin Michel (Paris, France, 1948), pl. 17

Six Masters of Post-Impressionism, exh. cat., Wildenstein & Company (New York, NY, 1948), no. 46

La Peinture Française Depuis 1870: Collection Maurice Wertheim, exh. cat., Tom Taylor (Québec, Canada, 1949), no. 8, pp. 23-24

Jacques De Laprade, George Seurat, A. Somogy (Paris, France, 1951), repr. p. 6

Charles Sterling, La Nature Morte de L'Antiquite a Nos Jours, Editions Pierre Tisné (Paris, France, 1952), repr. in b/w p. 95, text p. 90

Henri Dorra and John Rewald, Seurat: L'oeuvre peint, biographie et catalogue critique (Paris, France, 1959), cat. no. 7

The Maurice Wertheim Catalogue: Modern French Art-- Monet to Picasso, exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC, 1960), p. 52, repr. p. 53

César M. de Hauke, Seurat et son Oeuvre, Grund (Paris, France, 1961), cat. no. 3

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art-- Manet to Picasso, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Houston, TX, 1962), p. 48

Fiorella Minervino and A. Chastel, L'Opera Completa di Seurat (Milan, Italy, 1972), no. 5

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Maine State Museum (Augusta, ME, 1972), no. 33

John O'Brian, Degas to Matisse: the Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Fogg Art Museum (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1988), no. 12, pp. 70-71, repr. p. 71

Michael F. Zimmermann, "Seurat, Charles Blanc, and Naturalist Art Criticism", Museum Studies, The Art Institute of Chicago (1989), vol. XIV, no. 2, repr. in b/w fig. 3, p. 203; text, p. 202

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 129; repr. as no. 401

Catherine Grenier, Seurat: Catalogo Completo dei dipinti, Cantini Editore (Florence, Italy, 1990), repr. in color pl. 5, p. 19

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 19, p. 69

Robert L. Herbert, Georges Seurat: 1859-1891, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1991), no. 75, pp. 108-109; repr. in color

Robert L. Herbert, Georges Seurat, 1859-1891, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1991), no. 74, p. 148-149; repr. in color

Michael F. Zimmermann, Seurat and the Art Theory of his Time, Fonds Mercator (Antwerp, 1991), repr. in color no. 96, p. 67; text p. 66

Sarah Carr-Gomm, Seurat, Studio Editions (London, England, 1993), repr. in color p. 47; text p. 46

Dina Anchin, ""Refining Style: Technical Investigation of an Early Work by Georges Pierre Seurat in the Maurice Wertheim Collection"" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 2013), Unpublished

"Entretien avec Françoise Cachin: Seurat au Grand Palais", Dossier de l'art (April 1991 - May 1991), repr. in color p. 5

Alfred M. Frankfurter, "Today's Collectors: Modern Milestones", Art News (June 1946), vol. XLV, no. 4, p. 64

Elizabeth M. Rudy, Researching the Wertheim Collection at the Harvard Art Museums, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (Summer 2014), Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 301-6

Exhibition History

Seurat et ses amis, Galerie Beaux-Arts (Paris), Paris, 12/01/1933 - 01/31/1934

A Selection of Nineteenth Century French Paintings, Bignou Gallery, New York, 02/01/1942 - 02/28/1942

French Painting since 1870 lent by Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1946 - 09/07/1946; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 07/01/1953 - 09/13/1953

La Peinture Française depuis 1870, Musée de la Province de Quebec, 07/12/1949 - 08/07/1949

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 07/01/1952 - 09/14/1952

French Paintings Since 1870 from the Maurice Wertheim Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1953 - 09/30/1953

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 06/15/1957 - 09/15/1957

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 06/10/1958 - 08/31/1958

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Manet to Picasso, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 06/13/1962 - 09/02/1962

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 06/20/1963 - 09/01/1963

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, 06/24/1965 - 09/07/1965

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 09/03/1968 - 09/22/1968

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, 06/01/1971 - 09/30/1971

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Maine State Museum, Augusta, 06/01/1972 - 09/01/1972

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

Manet to Matisse: The Maurice Wertheim Collection, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 04/09/1985 - 05/25/1985

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990

Seurat, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 04/09/1991 - 08/12/1991

Re-View: S427 Impressionist & Postimpressionist Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/02/2008 - 06/18/2011

Subjects and Contexts

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Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted