Still Life with Oysters

Rousseau's still lifes were greatly influenced by Jean-Siméon Chardin, whose rediscovery as an artist in the 19th century coincided with Rousseau's emergence as a still life and animal painter from around 1845-46.

Rousseau also drew inspiration from 17th-century Dutch still life paintings. Oysters, traditionally a symbol of lust, appear in many Dutch works, for example Jan van de Velde's 'Still Life: A Goblet of Wine, Oysters and Lemons' of 1656.

Key facts

Artist dates
1816 - 1887
Full title
Still Life with Oysters
Date made
probably 1875-87
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
42.2 x 62.2 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Lt.-Col. R.H. Whitwell to the Tate Gallery, 1923; transferred, 1956
Inventory number
Location in Gallery