Oysters
Reproduction French Louis XV Revival beadedogee profile frame, water gilded
Excellent
A particularly alluring example of Bellis’s work, this composition centres a characteristically haphazard pile of oysters and mussels on a cut lemon and a glass of wine. The loosely painted background, with a warm base visible under the scumbled colour, gives an atmospheric resonance to the composition, and is picked up in the equally loose drawing of the heaped mussels. Bellis’s paintings shine with highlights; he delights in the fresh seawatery quality of shellfish; the sheen of nacre inside shells; the cut and dewy surface of a lemon; a polished glass with its clear reflecting liquid. All these highlights are contrasted with the dark ground and mussel shells, investing the still life with a paradoxical animation; – this is not a painting which could justly be labelled ‘nature morte’.
Dimensions
Height 35.00 cm (13.78 inches)
Width 50.00 cm (19.69 inches)
External Height 49.80 cm (19.61 inches)
External Width 64.50 cm (25.39 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
Signed/Inscribed
'H.Bellis'
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