Ker- Xavier Roussel - Bouquet de cerisiers en fleurs
Ker- Xavier Roussel
Bouquet de cerisiers en fleurs
oil on pasteboard 59 x 66 cm K.X. Roussel
Rau Collection for UNICEF
Roussel is known for his many still lifes with flower bouquets; they reflect his joy in the subject. Through the dabbed and playful application of colour as well as the unusual arrangement of branches in front of the suggested interior the composition appears spontaneous, although nothing has been left to chance. The somewhat bold asymmetry causes a certain tension in the image and the classical subject is represented effectively by the use of light - slightly Japonised and decorative but in no way boring.
We would like to thank Yann Bellier, Boulogne, as well as the great-grandson Olivier Roussel, L'Etang la Ville, for kindly providing confirmatory information. The work will be included in the Cat. Rais. of Ker Xavier Roussel currently under preparation.
Sotheby's London, Impressionist and Contemporary Paintings, Drawings, Watercolours and Sculpture 13 Feb. 1985, lot 1, cat. with b/w illus. (on the side; titled "Branches de pommier" and described "oil on canvas"); Christie's London, Impressionist and Modern Paintings and Sculpture (Part II), 3.12.1985, lot 127 (described here as "oil on cradled board")
Paris 1946 (Galerie Charpentier), Tableaux de la vie silencieuse, no. 60