This work is sold with a photo-certificate from Jean Kisling dated Paris, le 21 avril 1998.
A native of Cracow, Kisling arrived in Paris in 1910, where he befriended Modigliani, Jacob and Soutine to name but a few of his contemporaries living in Paris. During World War I, he joined the Foreign Legion, only to return to Paris wounded two years later. In the inter-war years Kisling became a leading member of the Montparnasse circle. With the outbreak of World War II, he joined the 11th regiment of the Supply Services. Upon his discharge, he left Paris and arrived after a long journey to New York in 1941. Kisling visited Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington DC. In 1943, he found a studio on Central Park South. This studio became a home away from home to artists and intellectuals exiled from Paris by the War (J. Kisling and J. Kessel, Kisling, vol. I, Turin, 1971, pp. 89-92.).
Painted in 1946, during the final year of Kisling's residence in the U.S., Bouquet de fleurs devant la fenêtre, New York, combines Kisling's favourite subject of a table top still life with a vase of flowers with a panoramic view of Central Park and urban skyline as seen from his New York residence. "... We find here again the very personal style which the painter displays when he faces the reality of things with a certainty and an accuracy which would have soon turned to colour printing and nothing else under another's brush, and which becomes fairy-like through the powerful magic of his lyricism" (J. A. Carter 'Combat', in Ibid, p. 88).
In this unusual composition, the artist juxtaposes a vase of brilliantly coloured wild flowers against the angular architecture of New York. The flowers are reminiscent of summer holidays spent in his beloved South of France. The softness of the flowers counter-balances the solid square shapes of the table, the window and the skyscrapers.