(b. 1744, Paris, d. 1818, Paris)

Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase

Oil on canvas, oval, 42 x 34 cm
Private collection

Anne Vallayer-Coster depicts this bouquet with great simplicity in a clear vase on a stone ledge, and one stem casually resting on the side. The soft colour harmony of pinks, whites and ochres, velvety petals and tender leaves from this floral arrangement stand out against a dark background with a subtle chiaroscuro.

The painting is signed and dated lower left: Melle Vallayer 1777.

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