Ernest Quost (French 1844-1931) "Le Jardin" Oil on Canvas. Porte le timbre de la vente de l'atelier en bas a droite. - With the artists studio stamp lower right. Purchased in Paris. In carved and painted French period frame. Measures 25 1/2"x22 1/2"x2". Weight 7 pds. PROVENANCE: A Private Paris, France / Charleston SC Estate. Ernest Quost was born in Avallon in 1844. Having studied under the artist Horace Aumont in Paris , Quost made his debut at the Paris Salon of 1866 and went on to exhibit at the Salon des Artistes Francais. Quost was essentially a Parisian painter. He revelled in capturing the life of the boulevards and Parisian society, flowers, fruits, still-lives, landscapes and portraits. Quost was a Societaire des Artistes Français and was awarded medals for his work in the years, 1880, 1882, 1889, 1890 and 1900 and was made a Chevalier and then Officier of the Legion d’honneur in 1883 and 1903, respectively. Claude Monet admired Quost's work and The Musee Marmottan hung a painting of flowers by Quost amongst the paintings collected for the exhibition entitled, " Claude Monet et ses amis" Indeed, Van Gogh alluded to a work of Quost, " aux roses du pere Quost", in a letter written to his brother, Theo. His work is in the permanent collections of the Musee d’Orsay, Avallon, Limoges, Nancy, Bernay, Rouen and The Museum Marmottan-Monet in Paris.