Still Life with Cherries
Still Life with Cherries

Attributed to ANDRÉ BOUYS (1656-1740)

Still Life with Cherries

c. 1700 France

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André Bouys (Hyères, 1656-1740, Paris), Attributed to
Still Life with Cherries
Oil on canvas, in a period gilt-wood frame
Dimensions: 80.5 x 97.2 cm. / 31 ½ x 38 ¼ ins, incl. frame: 109 x 127 cm. / 43 x 50 ins

This large and finely-detailed still life painting shows a neatly prepared table of fresh, white linen. On the table are placed carefully arranged bowls of fruit (cherries, strawberries and pears) as well as a loaf of bread, glass of wine, a bottle of wine in a cooler, a jug of water and other wares. The attribution to André Bouys, a French painter of the late Baroque, is based on its similarity in composition and style to other still lifes by the artist.

André Bouys was born in Hyères in southern France in 1656. He was a pupil of François de Troy in Paris, where he established his reputation as one of the foremost portraitists of his generation, becoming a member of the French Academy in 1688. His membership to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1688 was secured on the basis of two portraits of his contemporaries, the artist Charles de la Fosse (1640-1716) and the sculptor Etienne le Hongre (1628-1690), both of which are now housed in the Musée de Versailles (Inv. nos MV3582 & MV. MV3636). Although his principal occupation was as a portraitist, Bouys also executed genre scenes and still life paintings, of which the present painting is a fine example.
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