Still-Life with Flowers

by Arthur B. Carles (1882–1952)
Oil on canvas
21⅛ x 16 inches
Signed lower right: CARLES


Mr. and Mrs. Miles Valentine

Estate of above

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, June 13, 2001, lot 206, from above

John Davis collection, Falls Church, Virginia

Sale, Rachel Davis Fine Arts, Cleveland, Ohio, October 22, 2022

Private collection, New York, New York

Related Works

Floral Fragment, 1914, oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Composition of Flowers, 1922, oil on canas, 49⅜ 36⅜ inches; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

Note: With its vivid colors and emotive forms, Still-Life with Flowers is emblematic of the artist’s celebrated floral depictions.

Artist Biography

Arthur B. Carles was a celebrated American modernist whose vivid colors and bold forms were influenced by French Impressionism and paved the way for the abstract expressionist movement in the United States. He was a member of Alfred Stieglitz’s circle and was also instrumental in bringing and establishing an interest in modern art to Philadelphia during the 1930s.

By Chelsea DeLay

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

Arthur Beecher Carles Jr. was born in Pennsylvania in

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