Anne Vallayer / Basket of Plums / 1769Anne Vallayer
Basket of Plums

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Creator Name: Vallayer, Anne
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1744 - 1818
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Anne Vallayer
Title: Basket of Plums
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1769
Creation End Date: 1769
Creation Date: 1769
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 38cm x 46.2cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: "M.elle Vallayer / 1769"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1971.47
Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
Provenance: Baron Herzog, Budapest; Axel Rydén, Stockholm (1936, London sale 1970); (H. Shickman, New York)
Context: During the later part of the 18th century, fruit still lifes were extremely popular, and a basket of plums was a common motif. In Vallayer's painting the details, especially the plums and the basket, emerge from deep shadows. The colors are vivid--reds and violets--and a sense of immediacy is invoked by the growing moss, the cakes in their crisp papers, and the glass of water, with its sparkling highlights and reflections.Anne Vallayer and two or her contemporaries, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842) and Adélaide Labille-Guiard (1749-1803), were the foremost women painters in 18th-century France. In 1770, at age 26, Vallayer was accepted into the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. In 1780 she painted a portrait of Marie Antoinette. After marrying Jean-Pierre Silvestre Coster she exhibited under the name Vallayer-Coster. A prolific artist with more than 400 known works, she painted--in addition to still lifes--flower pictures, miniatures, and portraits.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1971.47
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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