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Still Life with Asparagus

Still Life with Asparagus

c. 1880

Philippe Rousseau

(French, 1816-1887)

Oil on fabric

Unframed: 36 x 65 cm (14 3/16 x 25 9/16 in.)

Bequest of Noah L. Butkin 1980.284

Description

Rousseau was profoundly influenced by the atmospheric still lifes of Jean Siméon Chardin (1699-1779), whom the artist and other French painters like François Bonvin (1817-1877) rediscovered in the mid-1800s. A comparison with Chardin's work, also shown in this gallery, indicates that Rousseau similarly depicted foodstuffs on a simple kitchen table, concentrating on rich textures and restrained colors.

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