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Still Life: Oysters, Fish
Adolphe Monticelli

Many of Monticelli's still lifes of this period were painted with the same patterned fabric covering the table.

The painting recalls the Dutch tradition of demonstrating one's virtuosity as an artist by describing objects and textures, such as the glass and the half-peeled lemon.

Key facts
Artist Adolphe Monticelli
Artist dates 1824 - 1886
Full title Still Life: Oysters, Fish
Date made about 1878-82
Medium and support Oil on wood, probably mahogany
Dimensions 46.4 x 61.6 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented as part of the 'Harry Wearne Collection of Twelve Paintings by Monticelli' to the Tate Gallery, 1939; transferred, 1956
Inventory number NG5013
Location in Gallery Not on display
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