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.
Signed in plate, l.r.: Célestin Nanteuil Dated in plate, u.r.: Jacintha/Rome 1866 Letters in margin, l.l.: Célestin Nanteuil, del. et sculp. ; l.c.: JACINTHA ; l.r.: A. CADART, Edit. Imp. Rue Nve des Mathurins, 58, Paris. ; u.r.: 3.