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Le Vase rococo
Alternate titles: Bouquet de Fleurs; Étude de fleurs
Rewald: (265) 1875–77; Venturi: (222) 1875–77; Venturi revised: c.1877; Cézanne fils: 1877; Rivière: 1876
Oil on canvas
28 11/16 x 23 5/8 in. (73 x 60 cm)
Signed lower left in red: Cezanne
Vollard archives: photo no. 360, Annotated by Cézanne's son: 1877

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Exhibition History

1877 Paris: 6, rue Le Peletier, Troisième Exposition de peinture, no. 20 or 21, Étude de fleurs, lent by Caillebotte?.
1895 Paris: Galerie Vollard, Paul Cézanne
1905b Paris: Grand Palais, Salon d'Automne, no. 321, Bouquet de Fleurs.
1932f New York: Knoedler Galleries, N.Y, Flowers by French Painters, no. 15, ill.

Published References

Tabarant 1921b: "Le Peintre Caillebotte et sa collection," p. 413, mentioned.
Rivière 1923: Le Maître Paul Cézanne, p. 203, listed.
Vollard 1931: "Souvenirs sur Cézanne," pp. 393–94.
Venturi 1936b: Cézanne: Son Art, Son Oeuvre, no. 222, ill. vol. II, Le Vase rococo.
Vollard 1937: Souvenirs d'un marchand de tableaux, pp. 55 and 83.
Goldwater 1938: "Cézanne in America: The Master's Paintings in American Collections," p. 158, ill.
Wilenski 1940: Modern French Painters, pp. 39, 347.
National Gallery of Art 1942: French Paintings from the Chester Dale Collection, p. 66, ill.
Jewell 1944a: Paul Cézanne, frontispiece, p. 30, ill.
Jewell 1944b: French Impressionists and Their Contemporaries, p. 87, ill.
Cairns and Walker 1952: Great Paintings from the National Gallery, pp. 166–67, ill.
Waldfogel 1965: "Caillebotte, Vollard and Cézanne's 'Baigneurs au repos'," p. 115.
Ikegami 1969: Cézanne, pl. 12.
Bessonova and Williams 1986: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Hermitage, Leningrad, The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, p. 156, ill.
Rewald 1996: The Paintings of Paul Cézanne, A Catalogue Raisonné, 2 vols., no. 265, ill. vol. 2, Le Vase rococo.


The bouquet of flowers was probably painted after an engraving and may have been Cézanne's earliest use of the constructive stroke (Rewald,1996, p.181). It was one of five paintings bequeathed to the French State by Gustave Caillebotte, although only two were accepted.

Page citation: Feilchenfeldt, Walter, Jayne Warman, and David Nash. "Le Vase rococo, 1875–77 (cat. no. 722)." The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: An Online Catalogue Raisonné. (accessed September 22, 2018).
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