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Dead Fowl

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1926

Artist:

Chaim Soutine
Born Minsk (Russian Empire, now Belarus), 1893; died Paris, 1943

About this artwork

In the mid-1920s, Chaim Soutine produced a group of still-life paintings featuring hanging fowl and freshly butchered sides of meat, subjects represented in European art for centuries. Rather than depict the animals as lifeless and limp, he often portrayed them as tragic figures, as in the painting here. The animated quality of the thick, swirling paint suggests the bird is writhing in its final moments. These visceral still lifes were inspired by Soutine’s study of 17th-century Dutch market scenes, yet were painted after carcasses he arranged in his studio.

Status

On View, Gallery 392

Department

Modern Art

Artist

Chaim Soutine

Title

Dead Fowl

Place

Lithuania (Artist's nationality:)

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1926

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, l.l.: "Soutine"

Dimensions

97.5 × 63.3 cm (38 3/8 × 24 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Joseph Winterbotham Collection

Reference Number

1937.167

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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