This painting depicts a glass vase with roses, phlox, and other flowers standing on a table. One pink rose lies next to the vase on the table; the background is an undifferentiated background of brown/tan.
Although Fantin-Latour exhibited with the Impressionists, his work is not truly Impressionist in style, but grounded in study of the Old Masters and work in the studio. His still lifes have an almost palpable atmosphere and sense of light. Here, the brilliantly lit flowers stand out against the background, giving them great definition and mass. The classical balance and grandeur of the composition, beauty of coloration, and details of observation elevate Fantin-Latour's still life paintings beyond the ordinary.
A dark pen drawing with white highlights on a white colored background. It shows a nude female figure seated on a swing. The setting is a wooded area with vegetation and leaves depicted with multiple short strokes that cover the entire area around the figure. The woman is posed facing the viewer with her legs intertwined and her arms above her head, grasping th ropes of the swing. She is gazing out to the left, beyond the viewer and has a joyful expression on her face.
This drawing depicts the subject of a poem by Victor Hugo (1802-1885) titled, "Sara la Baigneuse" (Sarah the Bather). Hector Berlioz also composed a choral work inspired by this poem in 1834.