This work combines a still life of dead fish in the foreground with a genre scene of figures in the background. This painting was presented as the work of Eugène Isabey and Philippe Rousseau. The background figures are possibly by Isabey, but there is no record of collaboration between the two artists. Certainly Rousseau was influenced by Isabey, and this work seems indebted, in terms of subject and treatment, with the latter's 'Fish Market, Dieppe' of 1845.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1816 - 1887
Full title
The Fish Market
Date made
probably about 1834-50
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
23.8 x 34.6 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Henry L. Florence, 1909
Inventory number
NG2480
Location in Gallery