An arrangement with oranges and lemons (after)

CARL SCHUCH (1846-1903)

An arrangement with oranges and lemons (after)

20th century Munich

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This present painting is related to Carl Schuch’s Still life with apples, a wine glass and a pewter jug, c.1876, in the collection of the Neue Pinakothek, Munich. It uses exactly the same configuration of the tablecloth and (especially) of the napkin tossed over the edge of the table in the immediate foreground: the folds of the latter are identical in both paintings, only differing in the more bravura, painterly style of the original and the more carefully worked quality of this painting. The pewter dish is the same in both pictures; so is the distribution of the fruits and the position of the pewter tankard. The oranges and lemons which replace the apples in the original work have the same intensely saturated and glowing colour; this, and the fact that this is an adapted composition, rather than a faithful copy, make it more likely that it was executed under Schuch’s eye.

It is possible that the present work was painted by a student, relative or model of Schuch. A student might very well have been set as an exercise a variation on one of his master’s works, and might have signed it as a joke. A relative might have executed the same composition, and signed it with his/ her own name, again as a playful gesture. The signature differs markedly from Schuch’s own, and is placed much more obviously on a pale fold of the napkin towards the centre of the work, rather than emerging from the shadow in the far right-hand corner, as in the Munich painting.
Height 30.50 cm (12.01 inches)
Width 40.60 cm (15.98 inches)
External Height 42.20 cm (16.61 inches)
External Width 52.40 cm (20.63 inches)
Oil on canvas
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