1776  to  1847


Still life with a vase of flowers on a ledge and a butterfly


Oil on canvas


26 x 37cm


Signed: E Bruyere


Private Collection France

Élise Bruyère was the daughter of Jean-Jacques le Barbier, who was a noted writer, illustrator and painter of French historical scenes. Both Élise and her sister, who was also a painter studied with their father and subsequently with Jan Frans van Dael in his studio at the Sorbonne University. She exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1798 and was to become highly regarded in the male dominated art scene of the early Nineteenth Century, winning a second-class medal in 1827.
Bruyère was of the realist school of painting, depicting her beautiful still lives without idealization and often with remarkable detail. She bathed her compositions in a bright but tempered, even light that allowed her to focus the most intricate detail. Bruyerè's paintings were highly refined and she was an expert at rendering the substance and texture of her flowers. In these two beautiful paintings, one depicts an assortment of different flowers in a terracotta vase with a butterfly flying above, whist the other depicts the flowers in a glass vase and has a moth flying above. Both vases sit on a profiled ledge of brown marble similar to Bruyère's still life with flowers which decorated the reception rooms at the Ministère de État at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Other Notable paintings by Élise Bruyère hang in the Museums of Lyons, Valenciennes and Valencia,