Saturday, February 28, 2009
A fishmarket scene. A fishmonger at the Fulton Street market in Manhattan allowed me to set up a still life in the refrigerated room of his stall. These fish were swimming the day before and had an amazing vitality and color. The old style wooden crates added to the rusticness of the scene. I was again inspired by the painterly fish still life interiors of Frans Snyders and Philipe Rousseau.
Another fish still life. I love the glistening color on the mackeral-very prismatic. The delight in light, texture, and color which are encapsulated in fish still life painting are all fully realized in the painting of Frans Snyders, Antoine Vollon, William Merritt Chase, Charles Hawthorne, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin , Victor Gilbert, and Philipe Rousseau.