Still Life: Oysters, Fish

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 dates
1824 - 1886
Full title
Still Life: Oysters, Fish
Date made
about 1878-82
Medium and support
Oil on wood, probably mahogany
46.4 x 61.6 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented as part of the 'Harry Wearne Collection of Twelve Paintings by Monticelli' to the Tate Gallery, 1939; transferred, 1956
Inventory number
Location in Gallery