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Spring Flowers, c.1897 (oil on panel)

3736717 Spring Flowers, c.1897 (oil on panel) by Artigue, Albert-Emile (1850-1927); 99.5x130 cm; Private Collection; ( Fleurs de Printemps
In Albert-A?mile Artigue's Fleurs de Printemps, blossoms abound in a lush river
landscape dotted with blooming trees in springtime. Having stripped the nearest tree of its
petals, the frolicking of six young women have begun to wind down, as exemplified by
the prone beauty of the foreground. The perfection of the day is matched only by the
loveliness of the portrayed ladies. Their floral-patterned tea dresses serve to underscore
the point of the title's double entendre.
When unveiled at the Salon in 1897, Fleurs de Printemps proved an instant success with
the press and public alike. The importance of exhibiting at the Salons in Paris at this time
cannot be overstated. The Salons set the standards for the art market not only in France
but throughout the entire Western world, and from 1848-1898 it was at the peak of its
power. Thousands of paintings were hung at each Salon, creating the largest exhibition of
contemporary art in the world. Thousands poured into Paris to attend the Salon, with
years that had 500,000 visitors not unusual. The public regarded painters whose work had
been accepted by the Salon as worthy of purchase, with the exact opposite being true for
those whose paintings had been rejected.); A© Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, New York; French, out of copyright

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