On Display SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY
This is Chardin's only surviving flower piece and is one of his best known paintings. It illustrates beautifully his characteristic clarity and restraint. A blue and white Delft vase is filled with a variety of flowers. The white and blue colouring of some of the flowers and foliage echoes those of the vase, complemented by the pinks, reds and touches of yellow in the other blooms. The subtle play of light and shadow distinguishes the table from the background and its sombre tones are relieved by the colourful fallen flowers.