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Probably by Pierre Andrieu, 'Still Life with Fruit and Flowers', probably about 1850-64

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Full title Still Life with Fruit and Flowers
Artist Probably by Pierre Andrieu
Artist dates 1821 - 1892
Date made probably about 1850-64
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 65.8 × 81 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1964
Inventory number NG6349
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Still Life with Fruit and Flowers
Probably by Pierre Andrieu

A wicker basket tumbles on its side, pouring ripe fruit out into the light. At the foot of the luscious heap of melons, peaches and heavy bunches of grapes, two large tomatoes glisten. On the right, a black vase holds a profusion of autumn flowers. The two elements of the painting are held together by an overblown pink rose leaning down to brush against a pale green melon among the fruit.

The painting was thought to be the work of Eugène Delacroix, but it is has now been attributed to Pierre Andrieu, his most trusted assistant, and holds its own with a place in the National Gallery’s collection. At the studio sale following Delacroix’s death, Andrieu was in possession of the wax seal that was fixed to the back of this picture – perhaps accidentally, perhaps intentionally – and that authenticated it as by Delacroix.

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