Description Reignier trained at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon, France, and became a professor there, specializing in flower painting. Lyon was an important center for the silk industry, and because naturalistic floral motifs were popular designs for textiles in the mid-19th-century, flower painting was both encouraged and rewarded financially. Large textile firms would even keep their own greenhouses with flowers and plants for their designers to work from. Reignier’s symmetrical and tightly executed watercolor could have been easily adapted to be a design for a textile or wallpaper. This work was commissioned by William T. Walters in 1864 to be used as the frontispiece to one of his drawings albums containing works on paper with the theme of religious devotion.
|1/01/2002||Treatment||examined for exhibition; cleaned; mounted|
|11/24/2016||Treatment||cleaned; examined for exhibition|
- The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
- Training the Eye: 19th-Century Drawing. 2017.
Provenance Commissioned by William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1864; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Signature] In watercolor at lower left: Reignier 1864; [Number] In graphite at upper right on verso: 1; [Number] In graphite at center bottom on verso: 1
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1864
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