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Still Life with Oysters
Philippe Rousseau

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 Philippe Rousseau
Artist dates 1816 - 1887
Full title Still Life with Oysters
Date made probably 1875-87
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 42.2 x 62.2 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by Lt.-Col. R.H. Whitwell to the Tate Gallery, 1923; transferred, 1956
Inventory number NG3829
Location in Gallery Gallery A: Paintings after 1600
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