Reserved - Jean Stival, Still Life With Bouquet & Jug

Reserved - Jean Stival, Still Life With Bouquet & Jug

An attractive still life with flowers by French post-impressionist, Jean Alphonse Stival (1879-1944). There’s a gorgeous sense of vibrancy and balance in this piece that transports us back to Paris at the turn of the century.

Stival was a fascinating painter that immersed himself into the world of the French avant-garde. He lived in St Tropez alongside several other artists, including Paul Signac (1863-1935) and André Dunoyer (1884-1974). He also worked at a studio in Paris located on bis boulevard Saint-Jacques.

He was an accomplished colourist and known primarily for his vibrant still lifes, which are often filled with joy and life. But he also painted landscapes (particularly in Provence), portraits and scenes.

In a document created by his son, it explains that he was also commissioned to decorate the chapel aboard the ocean liner “Normandie”.

Stival’s work was exhibited widely during his lifetime - in France at the Salon des Indépendants, d'Automne, des Tuileries, Carnavalet museum and internationally in London, New York, Saint Petersburg, Madrid, Florence, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cairo, and Moscow.

He was resident at the Villa Medici in Rome in 1925 and was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1937.

The painting is signed in the lower right and housed within a wooden frame.

Medium: Oil on board
Overall size: 11½” x 13” / 29cm x 33cm
Year of creation: c. 1930
Provenance: France
Condition: Very presentable. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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