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Still Life with a Basket of Fruit and a Bunch of Asparagus

Painting of a woven basket filled with various fruits, including plums and apricots, on a table against a dark background, with asparagus and peapods on the table at front.
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  • Painting of a woven basket filled with various fruits, including plums and apricots, on a table against a dark background, with asparagus and peapods on the table at front.

Date:

1630

Artist:

Louise Moillon
French, 1610–1696

About this artwork

At a time when still life was emerging as a discrete subject (and not just an element of larger narrative works), this artist depicted fruit and vegetables arrayed on a simple tabletop with elegant clarity and naturalism. Louise Moillon trained first under her father and, from 1620, her stepfather. When she executed this still life at the young age of 20, she was already an accomplished painter.

Women painters were not uncommon within the European tradition of the family workshop, which provided training, studio space, and clients for successive generations of artists. The system was one of few pro- fessional routes for women in a period when they could not legally take up a career.

Status

On View, Gallery 209

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Louise Moillon

Title

Still Life with a Basket of Fruit and a Bunch of Asparagus

Origin

France

Date

1630

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: Louyse’ Moillon. 1630

Dimensions

21 × 28 1/2 in. (53.3 × 71.3 cm)

Credit Line

Wirt D. Walker Fund

Reference Number

1948.78

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