Fruit, Flowers and Game

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An abundant display of fruit, vegetables, flowers and game birds is arranged across two levels, bridged by the partridge hanging from the barrel of a gun. Van Os has depicted all the different surface textures with exceptional skill, while the multilevel arrangement creates a dynamic flow within the composition. The Dutch painter spent a large part of his career in Paris, where he worked for the famous Sèvres porcelain factory. He was celebrated for his magnificent still-life paintings that incorporated antique art objects – here, a Greek marble stela (memorial tablet) decorated with a carved bas-relief stands behind the piles of food. It depicts two followers of Bacchus, the ancient Greco-Roman god of wine; one is a satyr, a half-man, half-goat woodland creature.

The National Gallery, London



Fruit, Flowers and Game


about 1820


Oil on mahogany


H 80.5 x W 61.6 cm

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Bequeathed by W.W. Aston, 1919

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