Lobster frigidor

STEPHEN ROSE (born 1960)

Lobster frigidor

2012 United Kingdom

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Reproduction early 18thC ‘Salvator Rosa’ moulding frame, painted
The complex lines and knobbly texture of a lobster’s carapace, as well as the scarlet glow of its cooked shell, have made it the jewel in many Old Master still life paintings. Stephen Rose has inverted this tradition: where Willem Kalf (Still life with a drinking horn, 1653, NG, London) sets his coral lobster amongst a horn with sculptured silver fittings, an opulently-worked glass, silver platters and a Persian carpet, Rose presents us with a live black lobster on an unceremonious piece of foil, its claws bound with elastic bands, in a stark colour scheme of black and silver, relieved with flashes of terra cotta and blue. Kalf’s lobster is dead, but arranged like a crouching tiger, about to pounce aggressively on a half-peeled lemon; Rose’s is alive, but quiescent and helpless. This work nudges towards a memento mori, and man’s helplessness in the face of time and death. It is also a brilliant technical achievement, depicting the upturned frosted face of the foil with all its creases, and the reflection of its shiny side in the polished table.
Height 44.80 cm (17.64 inches)
Width 70.20 cm (27.64 inches)
External Height 62.50 cm (24.61 inches)
External Width 88.30 cm (34.76 inches)
Oil on canvas
'Rose 12'
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