The jar of salt


The jar of salt

1969 United Kingdom

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Reproduction French Louis XVI painted architrave frame
The power of a glass jar to dominate a still life painting resides in the tension of the transparent container with the contents. Glasses of wine are common components of still life paintings, but a filled container is more challenging, as can be seen in Weissbort’s striking Arrangement with a loaf, a jar of red peppers & white linen on a shelf[q.v.]. Other artists who have used this motif include Miguel Parra (1784-1846), Still life with walnuts, olives in a glass jar, a partly-peeled lemon & a glass of wine, and the Hungarian Romek Arpad (1883-1960), many of whose compositions are based on arrangements of glass jars. Here Weissbort uses the strong white note of the jar of salt, together with a white napkin, to lift a still life built out of abstracted areas of dark, rich colour – lapis blue, bottle green, purple and soft red, Within this pattern, the different textures are set against each other – the soft pile of the fabric, the smooth gleam of fruit, the transparency of glass, and the powdery roughness of salt seen through the sheen of the glass.
Height 45.70 cm (17.99 inches)
Width 54.30 cm (21.38 inches)
External Height 57.50 cm (22.64 inches)
External Width 66.40 cm (26.14 inches)
Oil on canvas laid onto board
s. & d. '69
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