Still Life with Lobsters (1826-27) by Eugene Delacroix

Still Life with Lobsters - Eugene Delacroix - 1826 - 1827

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Lobsters
ArtistEugene Delacroix
Date1826 - 1827
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions80.5 x 106.5 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMusée du Louvre, Paris

About Still Life with Lobsters

The artwork titled “Still Life with Lobsters” was created by the celebrated artist Eugene Delacroix between 1826 and 1827. Executed in oil on canvas, this composition is an exemplary piece from the Romanticism art movement. The artwork, measuring 80.5 by 106.5 cm, falls under the still life genre and is currently housed in the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

“Still Life with Lobsters” presents a rich tapestry of textures and colors set against a vast landscape. In the foreground, an opulent array of game and seafood dominates the scene. A pair of lobsters with their vivid red shells contrast sharply against the muted colors around them, drawing the viewer’s eye with their detailed rendering. Beside the crustaceans, the game birds’ feathers exhibit a range of hues from the gentle browns of their bodies to the radiant greens, blues, and reds of their plumage. The attention to detail in portraying the intricate patterns of the feathers and the tactile quality of the lobster shells reflects the Romantic emphasis on emotion and sensory experience.

In the background, one can discern a tranquil rural landscape, extending into a broad horizon under a soft sky. Small figures appear to engage in pastoral activities, possibly hunting, adding life to the otherwise still composition. The juxtaposition of the dead nature in the foreground with the tiny, lively figures in the distance creates a poignant contrast.

Among the still life elements, there are also hunting accessories, such as a gun and a net, that suggest the method by which the creatures were captured. They not only supplement the narrative of the artwork but also provide a connection between the inanimate objects and the landscape beyond. The artwork encapsulates the Romantic fascination with nature, death, and the sublime, marrying the beauty of the still life tradition with the grandeur of a landscape, thus creating a work fraught with complexity and depth.

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