Elizabeth Nourse (1859–1938)
Etude, Fleurs, 1911
Oil on canvas, 26 x 26 in.
Signed lower right: Elizabeth Nourse
Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Ryan, Cincinnati, from 1980; private collection
Exhibited: Paris Salon, 1911, no. 1015; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Nourse (1859-1938): A Salon Career, January 14-April 17, 1983, no. 42 (catalogue, 241, no. E-76).
This painting exhibits Nourse’s ability to capture beauty in her everyday surroundings. A goldfish bowl and a pot of flowers rest on a tabletop. Another potted plant sits on the floor in front of a window that looks out to a lush garden. The floral elements in Etude, Fleurs appear in another painting, La reverie (Les poisons rouges), c. 1910. In La reverie, a woman reflects over a similar spherical fish bowl and the flowers to the right of the table resemble the characteristics and coloring of the potted flowers of Etude, Fleurs.