January King Cabbage
Reproduction Netherlandish 17th Century cabinetmaker's frame in polished fruitwood
This flamboyant image of a cabbage may be related to its cousins in Chardin’s last still life, …with fish, vegetables, gougères, pots and cruets, 1769, J. Paul Getty Museum, but it is also reminiscent of the more surreal cabbage in a 17th century Spanish work – Juan Sanchez Cotán (1561-1627), Still life with quince, cabbage, melon and cucumber, c.1600, San Diego Museum of Art. The intense focus on the flaring shape of the cabbage and the dramatic contrast of its colouring with the pulsating red of the background can be linked with Cotán’s solidly painted cabbage, strung on a thread from an integral window frame and brilliantly lit against an infinite black space. In both works the artist has transmuted a humble vegetable into a monumental form, set in a space which resists attempts to read it as having finite depth. Whilst retaining these aspects of the timeless and monumental, Rose’s painting is also extremely decorative.
Height 35.60 cm (14.02 inches)
Width 45.10 cm (17.76 inches)
External Height 51.40 cm (20.24 inches)
External Width 61.60 cm (24.25 inches)
Oil on canvas
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