About this artwork
Like many artists associated with the School of Paris, Chaim Soutine moved to Montparnasse upon his 1913 arrival in Paris. He did not adhere to one particular artistic style, though he admired earlier artists like Rembrandt and Jean-Siméon Chardin and the more recent Fauves and Expressionists. In the mid-1920s, Soutine produced a group of still-life paintings primarily featuring hanging game and meat carcasses, subjects found in European art for centuries. Rather than depicting the dead animals as lifeless and limp, however, he often portrayed them as tragic figures; in works like Dead Fowl, the visceral quality of the thick, swirling paint suggests the bird’s writhing battle against death.
- Chaim Soutine
- Dead Fowl
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, l.l.: "Soutine"
- 38 3/8 × 24 7/8 in. (97.5 × 63.3 cm)
- Joseph Winterbotham Collection
- © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris