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.
|3/11/1982||Treatment||varnish removed; lined; coated; inpainted|
|7/31/2012||Treatment||surface cleaned; coated; re-framed|
- Botanical Delights: Floral Motifs in 19th-Century Art. Government House, Annapolis; Strathmore Hall Art Center, North Bethesda; Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999.
- A Discerning Eye: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors. Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999.
- 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] In brown paint at lower left: Saint Jean; [Date] In brown at lower left: 1852 [Although the date now appears to read 1857, discernible undler close scruitiny is a dash of brown paint that may complete the 2. Early catalougues consistently transcribe the date as 1852]
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters before 1884
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