Albert-Tibulle Furcy de Lavault was born in Saint Genis (Charente-Maritime), France in 1847. He was a masterful and prolific flower painter. With an inventive sense of composition, the artist utilizes his understanding of floral anatomy and his attention to detail to create richly descriptive floral still lives. He debuted at the Salon of 1880 with Fleurs de Printemps (Spring Flowers) and Nature Morte (Still Life). These early Salon entries show Furcy de Lavault’s propensities towards the long-established tradition of still lifes and an interest in flowers.
He held the position of curator of the Musée de la Rochelle from 1882 to1913 and exhibited at the Salons in Paris and Dijon from 1880 through1897, earning an honorable mention in 1888. He became a member of the Société des Artistes Français in 1887.
The middle classes in France were reaping the benefits of the industrial revolution and their appreciation for decorative details in their homes was ever increasing. This encouraged a wealth of artists to study still-life painting. Garden flowers were very fashionable in Paris and in this magnificent example by Furcy de Lavault we see an explosive, colorful and natural arrangement of Poppies and Daisies. The style is in keeping with the new realism developing in France during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Many of his contemporaries, such as the progressive Impressionist and post-Impressionist group including artists Monet and Renoir were also interested in still life representation and he was influenced by this group in his treatment and execution of the theme. Numerous artists devoted their artistic careers to still life painting including Georges Jeannin, Eugène Claude, Madeleine Lemaire, Eugène-Henri Cauchois, and Henri Fantin-Latour.
The following museums conserve works by Furcy de Lavault; La Rochelle, Un Coin du Jardin, Saintes, Climbing Roses and Chrysanthemums, Cambrai, Flowers and Fruit and Rocheforte, Path through the Woods.