Description Saint-Jean was a prominent still life painter during the second quarter of the 19th century. He trained at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon, dedicating himself to flower painting early in his career and successfully exhibiting work at the Salon in Paris. Cut flowers or fruits dropped onto a forest floor occur often in Saint-Jean's work, giving them a slightly surreal quality to modern eyes. His paintings were often reproduced as textiles, and there was a strong link between artists from Lyon and the silk industry which flourished there. Similar in composition is "Flowers and Fruit," a still-life of 1853, showing grapes, raspberries, and roses, in the Wallace Collection, London (P601).
|7/11/2012||Treatment||surface cleaned; varnish reduced; coated; inpainted|
- From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [before 1884, possibly from Goupil in 1863] ; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.  See Diaries of George A. Lucas, vol. 2, page 161.
Inscriptions [Signature] At lower left in black: Saint-Jean [remnants of an earlier signature "St. Jean" appear above the existing signature as pentimenti]
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters before 1884
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