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Photo: Michiel Elsevier Stokmans, NL; © FdDPS
Photo: Michiel Elsevier Stokmans, NL; FdDPS
Original frame designed and painted by the artist.



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Classification: Pastel »
Theme: still Life »
Medium: Pastel »
Support: on cardboard »
Year(s): 1923 »
PS 241 (P 203)
Vase of Flowers (Poppies and Daisies)
Alternate titles: Bouquet of Flowers; Vase of Flowers (Poppies and Daisies)
Pastel on cardboard
51 x 37 5/8 in. (129 x 95 cm) (sight size)
Signed and dated lower right: Philippe 1923
On the back: exhibition label Philadelphia on the frame upper center.
Inv. T. P., Ptgs etc. at Bryn Athyn, n.d. [c. 1940], Glencairn archives: no. [23] [P 203], p. [1], Vase of Flowers - Poppies & Daisies, Smit, 38 1/2 x 51 1/2 [in.].
Inv. Pitcairn, n.d. [c.1957], n.p., LNC archives: no. P 203, Rev. Theodore Pitcairn, Red Poppies, Daisies and other flowers in large dark colored vase, Smit, Pastel, 51 x 37 3/4 [in.].
The Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, Philippe Smit, An Exhibition of Works by a Twentieth Century Dutch Master, December 01–29, 1957, no. 13, as Bouquet of Flowers, Pastel - 1923, 62 x 48 [in.].
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Collection of the Rev. and Mrs. Theodore Pitcairn, June 17–September 15, 1960, no. 55, Vase of Flowers (Poppies and Daisies), 11-1960-55 (title and n° on the exhibition label).
Literature & Primary Sources
No known published references.
This large pastel corresponds probably to the "grand bouquet" (big bouquet) which Berendina mentions in her card sent to René Massé from Recloses in summer 19231 and which the artist finishes a few days later2.

1. Berendina Urban, APCS to René Massé, Recloses, [22 June 1923], Massé album, p. [47].

2. Philippe Smit, APCS, to René and Mathilde Massé, Recloses, [29 June 1923], Massé album, p. [47].

Additional images
Painting hanging to the right of the fireplace in the large living room in Theodore Pitcairn's house, Bryn Athyn (photograph, before 1945, private archives, Paris).
Record last updated April 25, 2017. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Narzt, Andreas and Castellani, Florence. "Vase of Flowers (Poppies and Daisies), 1923 (PS 241)." The Complete Works of Philippe Smit. (accessed on September 26, 2021).